During knee arthroscopy, we insert the arthroscope into a buttonhole-sized incision around your knee. The arthroscope magnifies and projects images of the inside of your knee onto a monitor. This provides us with a clear view of tissues and structures that may not be visible with a noninvasive imaging test like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
As the largest joints in your body, your knees are prone to many painful injuries and conditions. Dr. Feldman may recommend knee arthroscopy if you have knee pain that doesn’t improve with nonsurgical treatments, like physical therapy and medications.
Knee arthroscopy is useful in diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions, including:
If we discover damaged or torn tissue during knee arthroscopy, he may use specialized surgical tools to repair the problem during the same procedure.
First, we will carefully review your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical exam to make sure knee arthroscopy is right for you. They also discuss the best type of anesthesia for your procedure: local, regional, or general.
During knee arthroscopy, we make a small incision in your knee and insert the arthroscope. We fill your knee joint with a saltwater solution so we can see the structures more clearly.
Once we pinpoint the area of tissue damage, we make 1-4 new incisions, just as small as the first, to insert miniature surgical instruments. When he’s finished treating your knee, we remove all instruments, drain the fluid from your knee, and close the incisions.
Because knee arthroscopy is minimally invasive, you experience less bleeding, scarring, and pain than you would with open surgery. You should be able to go home the same day. If you don’t have a chronic condition, like arthritis, you should expect a full recovery within 4-6 weeks.