A surgical procedure that allows your surgeon to view the knee joint through a series of small incisions and a small camera.
A knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows your surgeon to view the knee joint through a series of small incisions, or “portals”, and a small camera. Specially designed arthroscopic instruments are utilized through one of these portals to assist the surgeon throughout the procedure. Common injuries treated through this arthroscopic technique are meniscus tears where the affected portion of the meniscus is either debrided or repaired (See “Meniscus Repair vs. Debridement” for more information). This surgery is regularly performed as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory surgical center. Patients who undergo this procedure can expect 2-3 small incisions post-operatively, closed by a few sutures and dressed with a compressive Ace wrap. Weight bearing restrictions and immobilization of the knee may be implemented if a soft tissue repair was performed. Your surgeon will tailor your post-operative course according to the type of procedure performed. Formal physical therapy or a home exercise program may also be prescribed to ensure proper range of motion of the knee in maintain and to prevent stiffness. Most patients do very well with this minimally invasive procedure and are often able to return to most physical activities within 6-8 weeks after surgery, sometimes sooner.
Every Patient Matters
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.
With proper treatment, Dr. DeNoble can treat and fix even complete tears. He is an expert in the current minimally invasive standard of arthroscopic repair, avoiding the need for large incisions, and ensuring you can get back to your life in tip-top form.