Knee Arthroscopy

What is knee arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to examine and possibly repair certain kinds of knee injuries, such as meniscal tears or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. A tiny video camera is used during the procedure to pinpoint conditions, such as diseased or injured tissue and shows the surgeon where to trim damaged tissue or remove bone fragments. The surgeon will make two small incisions, one for inserting the arthroscope (camera) to view inside the knee and the other for inserting surgical equipment to make repairs. Consequently, there is little scarring, blood loss and a shorter recuperation time.

Who can benefit from arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a procedure used by orthopedic surgeons for people who have certain knee conditions. For example, injured athletes with knee problems who want to get back into the game might benefit from arthroscopy. This procedure is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Bone spurs or loose bone fragments
  • Damaged or torn cartilage
  • Inflamed joint linings
  • Joint infections
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Scarring or tissue overgrowth within joints

What should a patient do to prepare for knee arthroscopy?

Before scheduling arthroscopy, the patient will meet with one of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush knee arthroscopy specialists for an initial consultation to determine whether he or she is a candidate for the procedure.

What should the patient expect after surgery?

After knee arthroscopy, the patient is transferred to a recovery room until he or she wakes up from anesthesia. Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, which means the patient goes home the same day. The recovery procedures are the same as those with hip arthroscopy.

What is rehabilitation like after the procedure?