Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to arthroscopy of the knee.
- Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon to see and operate inside a joint using a device called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is inserted through small incisions in the skin and has a tiny camera at the end.
- Arthroscopy is able to deal effectively with a number of problems in the
knee joint, including meniscal injury, ligamentinjury, loose bodies within the knee, chondromalacia of the patella, and osteoarthritis.
- In most cases, arthroscopic surgery is done on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home a few hours after surgery.
- After surgery, you may need to use crutches for some time to avoid putting weight on the knee.
- Appropriate exercises can help strengthen your knee and speed your recovery.