Arthroscopic Surgery - Relief

for Painful Knee Injuries

An injury to the ligaments or cartilage (soft tissues) surrounding the knee joint can cause constant pain and prevent your knee from functioning properly. These injuries can significantly limit your active life. Arthroscopic knee surgery, also called arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive technique that can diagnose the cause of your problem and repair soft tissue injuries. Potential benefits of this treatment include:Painfulknee 116X197

  • Reduced pain
  • Rapid recovery and return to activity
  • Small incision and scar
  • Less blood loss
  • No hospitalization required for most patients

Soft tissues have an important job, supporting the bones and helping the knee joint move properly. If a tissue injury is left untreated, your knee joint may become permanently damaged. To better understand how the bones and tissues work together, review how soft tissues support the knee joint.

To increase your chances of returning to an active lifestyle, talk with a physician before your soft tissue injury progresses into a more serious problem. Visit our orthopedist list to schedule a consultation with a knee specialist.

Faster Recovery and Less Pain

Because knee arthroscopy only requires small incisions, recovery time is shorter than other surgical techniques that entail a larger incision. Arthroscopic treatments generally produce less post-surgical pain and most patients regain their active lifestyles sooner.

Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Right for You?

The best candidates for knee arthroscopy are active people between 20 and 60 years old with no arthritis. Conditions that can be successfully treated with arthroscopy include:

  • A locking, clicking or catching sensation in your knee joint.
  • Pain in your knee.
  • Stiffness, swelling or limited range of motion in your knee.
  • Injuries that have not responded to anti-inflammatory treatments or physical therapy
  • Meniscus or ligament tears and damage.
  • Articular cartilage tears.
  • Inflamed synovial tissue.

A Minimally Invasive Technique

After making small incisions, your surgeon will insert a fiber-optic camera and tiny surgical tools into your knee joint. The camera enables your surgeon to locate any damage in your knee. Depending on your condition, your surgeon may cut out and remove a torn piece of tissue, repair the torn tissue by sewing it back together or remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage. This video further explains arthroscopic knee surgery.

Knee Surgery at BCH

We use a patient-centered approach to medical care. Every patient receives a personalized care plan that guides the entire medical team -- from the technicians who prepare the surgical suite to the rehabilitation therapists who will help you take your first steps after surgery -- to deliver the best possible care in a safe and comfortable environment. We’ll chaperon you through every step of the surgical process.

We offer a comprehensive range of surgical services including dedicated clinical staff who are specially trained in the treatment of orthopedic patients. We can also provide physical therapy and home care if you need those services.

Since we partner with board-certified orthopedists who’ve done hundreds of arthroscopic knee surgeries, we can help you find a doctor who’s right for you.

Visit our orthopedist list to schedule a consultation with a knee specialist.

Soft Tissues that Support the Knee Joint

These are the main tissues that keep the knee joint functioning properly.Tissues Support Knee Joint

Articular cartilage covers the surfaces of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). It enables the bones to smoothly move across each other.

Lateral and medial collateral ligaments hold the thigh and shin bones together.

Anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments keep the thigh and shin bones in proper alignment with each other during movement.

Lateral and medial meniscus act as a shock absorber and reduce friction in the joint during movement.

Questions and Answers about Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

What causes soft tissue injuries in the knee joint?
Knee ligaments and cartilage usually get torn or injured during sports or other activities. For more informaiton, review common soft tissue injuries.

Will I be able to resume my normal activities after surgery?
Your recovery will depend on several factors, including the type of damage your knee suffered. If no complications arise during treatment, you can typically begin light activities, such as cycling or swimming, within a few weeks and return to normal activity in a couple of months after surgery. Your commitment and cooperation are vital to a successful recovery. Following your orthopedist’s advice and adhering to your rehabilitation plan will increase your odds of resuming activity and reducing recovery time.

What are the risks of arthroscopic knee surgery?
Complications from this procedure are rare. However, possible risks of this surgery may include:

  • Blood accumulation in the knee. If this impairs mobility, an additional surgery or a drain may be necessary to eliminate the fluid.
  • Infection can occur in the tissues near your knee. Most infections are successfully treated with antibiotics.
  • Blood clots can form in your leg veins as a result of decreased movement of your leg after surgery or injury to your veins during the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe blood-thinning medications after surgery to prevent clots from forming. Exercises that increase blood flow through your leg veins, such as walking, can also reduce the risk of clots.

Visit our orthopedist list to schedule a consultation with a knee specialist.

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