Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy allows Dr. Shah to view inside the knee joint with a tiny incision and minimal loss of soft tissue. The procedure both diagnoses and treats a wide range of knee problems. Dr. Shah inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. He then uses a video monitor to guide miniature surgical instruments.

You may require arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatments such as rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications or injections. The procedure can relieve the pain caused by a torn meniscus, torn ACL, inflamed synovial tissue, damaged articular cartilage, infection, and other conditions.

The Procedure

Knee arthroscopy is done under general anesthesia. Dr. Shah makes several tiny incisions (called “portals”) then inserts a miniature camera and surgical instruments into the joint. These instruments may be used for shaving, cutting, grasping, and stitching sutures into bone

The procedure usually takes under an hour. The incisions can be closed with a single stitch or even a small bandaid. Finally a soft bandage is wrapped around the knee to protect it and reduce swelling.

The Recovery

Patients generally leave the hospital within an hour or two. While narcotics are available, many patients are comfortable with over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice and elevating the leg help reduce swelling.

The speed of your recovery will depend largely on the nature of your injury. Patients with severe injuries may have to forgo high-impact activities. However, most patients can resume their normal activities within a few weeks.