The knee is comprised of the femur, tibia, and kneecap. Articular cartilage and the menisci are in between the bones and cushion the joint to absorb shock. The four ligaments in the knee hold these bones together and maintain stability as you move. Damage to your knees can make daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, or even resting challenging and painful. Knee arthroscopy is a surgical option for someone experiencing a painful and debilitating condition that has not seen results from conservative treatments. Standard arthroscopic procedures for the knee include:
- ACL reconstruction
- Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
- Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
- Removal of loose fragments
- Treatment of kneecap problems
- Treatment of knee infection
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a tiny camera is inserted into a small incision to examine, diagnose, and repair tissues inside or surrounding the knee. The arthroscope displays a live video that allows the surgeon to use small instruments in the joint. Patients are discharged from the hospital on the same day of surgery. Post-operative care will usually involve physical therapy or some home exercise program to regain strength and function in your knee over the next several weeks.