A Knee Scope Can Repair Knee Injuries with Minimal Discomfort and a Quick Recovery
If you require knee surgery, you may be concerned about an extensive procedure involving large incisions and an extended recovery time. Fortunately, a knee scope at New York Spine and Sports Surgery in New Jersey is a minimally invasive way to treat a broad range of knee problems. Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique in which Dr. Aron D. Rovner, MD, will make very small incisions in your knee, and then insert a tiny camera. The camera projects images onto an operating room computer so that Dr. Rovner has a detailed view of your entire knee. Then he can repair or remove damaged tissue with minimal impact to the rest of your joint.
Are You a Candidate for a Knee Scope?
If you are suffering from any of the following knee conditions, you are likely a candidate for knee arthroscopy:
- Minor meniscus tears
- Minor ACL tears
- Misaligned kneecap
- Loose or torn cartilage
- Synovium, or inflammation in the lining of your joint
Certain fractures may also benefit from a knee scope. If you have a severe tear or another serious injury, you may require a more extensive procedure. Dr. Rovner will thoroughly examine your knee using advanced imaging technology. Then he can determine the right type of knee surgery for you.
Because the treatment involves very small incisions, knee arthroscopy will impact less of your joint.
What Happens During Knee Arthroscopy?
Like shoulder arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. Nevertheless, Dr. Rovner will provide general anesthesia prior to your surgery. After you are comfortable, he will inject the treatment area with a sterile solution, which will clear away fluids and provide a clear view of your joint. Next, he will create incisions in your knee, typically less than a quarter of an inch long. Then he will insert an arthroscope into the incisions. This minute surgical camera will project real-time images onto the computer screen.
A knee scope is performed through small incisions and allows Dr. Rovner to see the minute details of your knee structures.
Using these close-up pictures, Dr. Rovner can make the necessary repairs. Knee arthroscopy can vary widely, depending on your needs and the type of damage you have sustained. For example, Dr. Rovner may need to trim or remove damaged tissue. Alternatively, he may repair damaged ligaments, particularly if you have a torn ACL or meniscus. When he has completed your surgery, Dr. Rovner will close the incisions with sutures.
Benefits of Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy offers several advantages over more extensive types of surgery. First, because the treatment involves very small incisions, knee arthroscopy will impact less of your joint. Therefore, you should experience minimal discomfort, and you will typically have a faster recovery. In many cases, you can return to your regular routine in 6 to 8 weeks or less. Dr. Rovner will provide regular follow-ups after your knee surgery, and he will tell you when you can resume specific activities. Another advantage of a knee scope is that scarring will be negligible. In fact, after you have fully healed, most people will not be able to see any signs of your surgery.
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A knee scope procedure takes advantage of technological advances to provide tremendous benefit to patients. To find out if knee arthroscopy is the most suitable treatment for your knee injury, contact our offices today.