What Is Knee Arthroscopy?Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint. During the procedure, Dr Kinzel will make a very small incision and insert a tiny camera — called an arthroscope — into your knee. This allows her to view the inside of the joint on a screen. Dr Kinzel can then investigate a problem with the knee and, if necessary, correct the issue using small instruments within the arthroscope.
Arthroscopy diagnoses several knee problems, such as a torn meniscus or a misaligned patella (kneecap). It can also repair the ligaments of the joint. There are limited risks to the procedure and the outlook is good for most patients. Your recovery time and prognosis will depend on the severity of the knee problem and the complexity of the required procedure.
Why Do I Need Knee Arthroscopy?Dr Kinzel may recommend that you undergo a knee arthroscopy if you’re experiencing knee pain. Dr Kinzel might have already diagnosed the condition causing your pain, or she may order the arthroscopy to help find a diagnosis. In either case, an arthroscopy is a useful way for Orthopaedic surgeons to confirm the source of knee pain and treat the problem.
Arthroscopic surgery can diagnose and treat knee injuries, including:-Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments-Torn meniscus (the cartilage between the bones in the knee)-Patella that’s out of position-Pieces of torn cartilage that are loose in the joint-Removal of a Baker’s cyst-Fractures in the knee bones-Swollen synovium (the lining in the joint)