Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint

Knee arthroscopy is a surgery that allows the surgeon to look inside the knee with a small camera and address problems through a few small incisions. The surgery is done as an outpatient and patients can walk on their operative leg the day of the operation.

Not all knee pain and problems are correctable with a knee scope. Knee arthroscopy can address unstable meniscus tears, abnormal synovial tissue and loose bodies. If you have pain, one or more of these conditions and have failed a conservative management treatment program an arthroscopy may be an option.

Arthroscopy cannot fix or remove arthritis. If you have more advanced arthritis you may be a candidate for total knee replacement.

Complications after knee arthroscopy are rare but may include infection, blood clots, stiffness, swelling or the need for further surgery.

A through history, physical examination and x-rays are needed for your evaluation. Occasionally an MRI may be needed.

After surgery you will be given a home exercise program. Most patients return to activity within a number of weeks.