Hip Arthroscopy :: Knee Arthroscopy :: Shoulder Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy allows surgeons to look inside your knee, repair torn ligaments and remove damaged parts. Two small (~5mm) incisions are made on the front of the knee. A fiber optic camera is inserted in through one incision, and an instrument is inserted in through the other incision. The surgeon can then examine and repair the knee in ways that previously required large incisions and longer rehab. A knee scope is the most commonly performed orthopedic surgery today because of it relative ease and speed of surgery, quick return to function, and multitude of knee problems that can be addressed with a knee scope.
Most patients go home after a knee scope. The knee will likely be swollen for 3-5 days and patients may or may not require crutches for a few days. Most patients will not have restrictions after surgery. Patients can usually resume normal activities and return to work within 2-3 weeks. Pain medicine is usually prescribed for about 3-4 weeks as needed.
The most common indication for a knee scope is a meniscal tear. A meniscal tear is often referred to as a torn piece of cartilage. Typically, older patients have degenerative tears that are cleaned up (debrided), and younger patients have traumatic sports related injuries that may be either cleaned up or repaired. A meniscal tear that is treated without surgery will not likely injure the knee any further or cause arthritis, but may cause chronic pain in the knee. Surgery (knee scope) is therefore an option, but not a requirement.