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How is a knee Arthroscopic Procedure carried out?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in blog | 1 comment

Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that is used in certain cases to diagnose and treat issues within the knee joint.

The process involves making a small incision in the knee area and inserting a tiny camera called an arthroscope, into the knee joint so the surgeon can see inside the knee in order to investigate, diagnose and treat knee issues.

Another way to describe knee arthroscopy would be ‘keyhole surgery for the knee’.

Arthroscopy is used to diagnoses and treats a number of different knee problems including:

  • Torn floating cartilage (meniscus): The cartilage is trimmed to a stable rim or occasionally repaired
  • Torn surface (articular) cartilage
  • Removal of loose bodies (cartilage or bone that has broken off) and cysts.
  • Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate ligament
  • Patello-femoral (knee-cap) disorders
  • Washout of infected knees
  • General diagnostic purposes

Knee arthroscopy can be performed under either regional or general anesthesia, depending on whichever option that is right for the particular patient.

The procedure involves the surgeon making a few small incisions around the knee and then pumping sterile salt water or saline solution into the knee joint. This is done to inflate the knee so that the surgeon can easily move the camera and tools around inside the joint.

Once the surgeon has located the problem within the knee, depending on each individual case, the surgeon may then insert small tools into the incisions to treat the issue. The salt solution is then drained from the knee and the cuts are closed with stiches. Depending on the treatment performed during the arthroscopic procedure, recovery time in generally quite short.

Here at Ormiston Orthopedics’, we offer expert knee arthroscopy. We have the latest arthroscopic equipment and the experience and training to ensure that you get the best possible care and treatment throughout. To arrange and appointment, contact us today.

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