Arthroscopic Repair and Treatment of the Knee 2016-10-12T12:39:55+00:00

Arthroscopic Repair and Treatment of the Knee

knee arthroscopy Blacksburg VA

When is Knee Arthroscopy Recommended?

If you have a painful condition in your knee that has not responded to nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may recommend knee arthroscopy. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation.

Through knee arthroscopy, your doctor may diagnose and treat your knee problems at the same time. He can examine the cartilage surfaces and other soft tissues surrounding the joint.

Common arthroscopic procedures for the knee include:

  • Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
  • Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
  • Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
  • Trimming of damaged articular cartilage
  • Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems
  • Knee sepsis (infection)

What to expect during knee arthroscopic procedure?

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that used to diagnose and treat problems of the knee joint. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision to insert the arthroscope into your knee. The camera sends a picture back to the monitor or screen set up in the operating room and enlarges the image for the doctor. The surgeon 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 tear in the meniscus or a misaligned patella (kneecap). Arthroscopic procedures can also allow the doctor to repair the ligaments of the joint. The recovery time and prognosis of your procedure will depend on the severity of the knee problem and the complexity of the required procedure.

Dr. Bart Eastwood is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery and may recommend that you undergo a knee arthroscopy if you’re experiencing severe knee pain. 

Post Surgical Expectations

Knee arthroscopy is considered a minimally invasive procedure. For most patients, the procedure takes from 20 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the procedure. You will typically go home on the same day for recovery. An ice pack on your knee and a dressing will be helpful in post surgical care. The ice will help reduce swelling and minimize your pain.

At home, you should have someone look after you, at least for the first day. Keeping your leg elevated and putting ice on it for a day or two will help reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide you with information on dressing changes and post care instructions to follow as you return home. At Sideline Orthopedics, we will see you back  for a follow-up appointment a 10-14 days after the procedure.

Your doctor will give you an exercise regimen to follow at home to help you rehabilitate your knee. We can also recommend a physical therapist to see until you’re able to use your knee normally. These exercises are critical to help restore your full range of motion and to strengthen your muscles. With the proper care, your outlook after having this procedure is excellent.

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