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Knee Arthroscopy Surgery at Our Los Angeles Center

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach where a surgeon makes a small incision in the knee joint and inserts an arthroscope, which is a small camera on the end of a thin, flexible tube. Knee arthroscopy allows your physician to visualize the inner portions of your knee without the need to make a large incision, a technique known as an open surgical procedure.

Knee arthroscopy can be a diagnostic procedure, helping your surgeon visualize diseased or damaged areas of the knee joint. It also can be a surgical treatment, where your surgeon will make further small incisions and insert specialized instruments that can remove or repair damaged areas of the knee.

Knee arthroscopy may be recommended if your physician suspects you are experiencing any of the following conditions:

  • Baker’s cyst, a fluid-filled cyst behind the knee joint that can cause arthritis-like symptoms
  • Knee fractures
  • Presence of broken cartilage in the knee joint
  • Swollen lining of the inner portion of the joint known as the synovium
  • Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament or posterior cruciate ligament
  • Torn meniscus

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is most commonly performed utilizing general anesthesia. This means you will be placed in a deep sleep during surgery and will not feel pain during the procedure. However, it is possible your physician will use a spinal anesthesia or epidural that numbs your nerve sensations below the waist so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Once you are asleep or numbed, your surgeon will make an incision in your knee and insert the arthroscope into this small incision. The images the arthroscope projects will be visible on a screen that provides your physician with a detailed image of the knee joint.

If needed, your physician will perform repairs of damaged portions of the knee joint by creating more incisions and inserting instruments into the area through more long, thin tubes. The entire procedure typically takes about an hour. If your surgeon cannot repair the areas, open surgery may be utilized or your physician may discuss further surgical treatments.

Knee Arthroscopy Recovery

Knee arthroscopy is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which means you will return home following surgery. You should arrange to have a person drive you home from the surgery to prevent anesthesia-related traffic accidents. Your surgeon will likely recommend applying ice packs to the knee to minimize swelling and discomfort. You may need to keep bandages on the knee to protect it from damage while your incisions heal.

Knee arthroscopy is considered an effective way to diagnose and potentially repair your knee condition without the need for more invasive surgery. While knee arthroscopy is associated with less post-operative pain, swelling and infection risk, all surgeries do carry some risks.

Always notify your miVIP physician if you experience an increasing amount of drainage, fever, trouble breathing, pain or swelling in the calf. Your physician may recommend utilizing physical therapy services following the procedure. This can help restore blood flow and function to the knee muscles. Typically, you can expect to return to regular physical activity within six to eight weeks following surgery. However, you may need to wait longer before engaging in vigorous physical activity to ensure the knee joint has fully healed.

Thanks to knee arthroscopy at miVIP Surgery Centers, you can take a step without feeling that familiar twinge or shock of pain in your knee and enjoy improved mobility.

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