Are you experiencing knee pain as a result of a sudden injury or chronic condition?
The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing orthopedic conditions and injuries, the board-certified specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine provide you with the highest level of care for surgical and non-surgical orthopedic procedures.
About Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy is an advanced surgical procedure. Arthroscopy is one of the best ways to diagnose and treat certain conditions of the knee.
Many patients receive answers from tests like x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, and ultrasounds. In some cases, little information comes from these tests. This could be because many conditions present similarly. Inconclusive test results could lead to subpar treatment.
This is where working with a great team who can use knee arthroscopy to your advantage comes into play. Using arthroscopy, your surgeon can look inside the joint. Better yet, this procedure is minimally-invasive.
After creating a small incision, the arthroscope can do its job. This tool has a camera attached, which allows the surgeon to visualize and locate any problems. Arthroscopy helps surgeons see things that were not clear during previous tests.
Conditions and Injuries that can benefit from Knee Arthroscopy
Many conditions and injuries to the knee joint can present the same way. With other testing methods, surgeons may not have been able to understand how damaged a joint is. With arthroscopy, the surgeon can visualize the joint and repair it all in one procedure.
This is especially helpful when identifying and treating:
- Meniscus Tears
- Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments
- Torn Posterior Cruciate Ligaments
- Luxated Patellas
- Loose Cartilage and Material in the Joint
Benefits of Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy allows the surgeon to see and repair structures within the joint. This is because arthroscopes are also armed with tiny tools in addition to the camera. Highly-trained surgeons can then maneuver the tools and scope using robot-assisted techniques.
The result? Precision and faster recovery times! Arthroscopy differs from opening the knee joint through traditional surgical methods. It allows surgeons to repair structures while creating minimal damage to surrounding tissues.
Recovering From Knee Arthroscopy
Before your procedure, your surgeon will discuss recovery with you. Knee arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure. It also comes with less risk of complications, which helps decrease recovery time.
Everyone heals at different speeds. Certain conditions or injuries may take longer to heal than others. Recovery from a knee arthroscopy typically takes between four to six weeks.
Unlike open surgeries, knee arthroscopy comes with minimal scarring. Many patients don’t even need stitches! Instead, steri-strips and bandages close the site.
Your surgeon will discuss rest and physical therapy. It is important to listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too soon after your arthroscopic procedure. You will want to make sure that you are still using your joint to preserve your strength and range of motion. Physical therapy may be needed to build strength in your knee joint.
Call Westchester Sport and Spine
Arthroscopy is one of the greatest advances in orthopedic surgery. It can treat many different injuries with minimal invasion, faster recovery times, and less financial investment. If you have been suffering from chronic pain, I encourage you to come in for an orthopedic consultation. WSS is always taking new patients!
If you’ve suffered an injury or have any further questions, call Westchester Sport and Spine at 914-358-9700.