Knee Arthroscopic Surgery
The knee joint is prone to injuries and degenerative disease, often requiring orthopedic treatment or surgery. In some cases, minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery can be used to repair or treat knee conditions and injuries. Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons at DOCS Health in Los Angeles offer knee arthroscopic surgery to reduce risks and speed recovery for our patients.
The knee joint contains three bones: the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and patella (kneecap). To allow the knee to bend, straighten and twist, a complex network of ligaments, tendons and muscles hold the joint together, cushioned by cartilage and the meniscus. Sports are one of the most common causes of injuries to the knee that may require surgery. The knee is also susceptible to degenerative disease that can cause pain and limit mobility.
Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Knee Injuries and Conditions
Knee arthroscopic surgery is commonly performed for knee injuries and degenerative conditions. This minimally-invasive method uses an arthroscope to view the components inside the knee. This tool is inserted through a tiny incision and uses a light and camera to send images to a digital monitor. When surgical repair is needed, additional small incisions are made to access the knee with surgical instruments while the surgeon views the repairs through the arthroscope imaging. Some knee conditions that may be repaired with arthroscopic surgery include:
- Torn ligaments
- Torn meniscus
- Bone fractures
- Baker’s cyst
- Loose bodies or cartilage in the knee joint
- Inflammation of synovial tissue
Knee arthroscopic surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure. The benefits include lower risk, less pain, smaller scars and quicker recovery than open knee surgery.
If you have a knee injury or condition that may require surgery, contact us at DOCS Health. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons offer knee arthroscopic surgery at our surgical center in Los Angeles.