A knee arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure to diagnose the cause of knee pain.
What is a knee arthroscopy?
Knee pain can often result from a ruptured ligament, torn cartilage or certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout and infection. To diagnose the cause of knee pain, a surgical diagnostic procedure known as knee arthroscopy is often used.
Knee arthroscopy is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and injury. With the arthroscope, your surgeon can look directly into your knee allowing them to make a more accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment option for you.
Reasons for a knee arthroscopy
A knee arthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:
- A torn meniscus: cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee
- A damaged anterior cruciate or posterior cruciate ligament
- An inflamed or damaged lining of the knee joint
- Misalignment of the kneecap
- Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
- Removal of Baker’s cyst: a fluid-filled, swelling behind the knee
- Certain fractures of the bones of the knee
What to expect with a knee arthroscopy
A knee arthroscopy procedure can take up to over an hour, depending on how much work the surgeon needs to do inside the knee joint. A sterile fluid will be pumped into your joint to help produce a clearer picture and then a surgeon inserts a fibre-optic video camera, or arthroscope, through a small incision which transmits the view inside the joint to a video monitor.
The surgeon will examine the knee joint and, if necessary, repair any damage or remove material that interferes with movement or causes pain in your knee. Afterwards, the fluid is drained out and the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips. A dressing and a bandage are then wrapped around the knee.
The length of the recovery will depend on the severity of the injuries treated.
Get a knee arthroscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for arthroscopic knee surgery. Our teams of board-certified orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performing knee surgeries.
Next steps: Book your knee arthroscopy consultation
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board-certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications