Your orthopaedic surgeon can make most knee repairs using minimally invasive arthroscopic measures. If you have a lingering knee issue or know that you’re in need of knee surgery, the top-rated knee surgeons at Texas Orthopaedic Associates can help. The team provides comprehensive knee arthroscopy evaluations at their locations in Dallas, Plano, Weatherford, Keller, and Fort Worth, Texas. Schedule your knee arthroscopy evaluation online or call your nearest clinic directly.
KNEE ARTHROSCOPY Q&A
What happens during a knee arthroscopy?
With traditional knee surgeries, your orthopaedic surgeon makes a large incision, physically looks at the inner parts of your knee, and makes repairs. The arthroscope allows them to complete the same task, but without that large incision.
During a knee arthroscopy, your surgeon makes several small incisions around your knee. They insert the arthroscope — a long thin tube with a camera at the end — into one incision and then insert specialized surgical tools into the other incisions.
The camera sends live images to a monitor. Your surgeon watches the monitor and uses the surgical tools to make the repairs inside your knee. Not only does an arthroscopy allow your surgeon to get a closer look at the intricate details of your knee components, but it can also reduce your risk of infection due to the smaller incision sizes.
Am I a candidate for a knee arthroscopy?
Because of advancements in surgical techniques, the skilled surgeons at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, can use an arthroscope to perform most types of knee surgeries. You may be a candidate for a knee arthroscopy if you need repairs for any of the following conditions:
- Fluid buildup
- Torn meniscus
- Lateral release
- Broken bones
- Tendon tears or ruptures
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
A knee arthroscopy may even be an ideal option for you if your orthopaedic surgeon needs to diagnose your knee condition if imaging is insufficient. By inserting the arthroscope into your knee, they can view the exact area where you’re feeling pain and more efficiently diagnose your condition. Sometimes your orthopaedic surgeon may even be able to make tissue repairs during a diagnostic knee arthroscopy, so you won’t need a second surgery.
Does arthroscopic knee surgery require less downtime?
In many cases, yes. Even though your surgeon is making complex repairs internally, because they’re not making large incisions and damaging tissues in the process, your downtime is often significantly shorter with an arthroscopy.
The team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, also finds that because you have fewer stitches and only a few small incisions, you experience less pain after knee surgery and even faster healing.
Book your knee arthroscopy consultation at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, today. Schedule online or over the phone.