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When it comes to diagnosing and treating many causes of knee pain, arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed procedures. It’s a minor surgical procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, in which the internal structure of an affected joint is examined using a tube-like viewing instrument called an arthroscope.

Here’s how the procedure works: You are put to sleep by an anesthesiologist. Then the orthopedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope, which contains a fiber-optic camera, light, and specialized tools, through tiny incisions in the skin into the affected joint. The arthroscope is able to transmit a high definition video in real time onto a monitor for the doctor to see during the exam. This enables the surgeon to see what is in the joint and what kind of much damage is present.

During arthroscopy, a surgeon is able to assess the structure of ligaments and tendons, look for inflamed tissues, and even evaluate the amount of joint degeneration due to arthritis. In many cases, injuries can even be repaired during the procedure.

For example, the surgeon can perform knee debridement and lavage. That involves removing loose pieces of cartilage and bone that may be floating around and causing joint irritation and swelling. The surgeon can also trim or smooth out cartilage that has grown bumpy and irregular, remove inflamed synovial tissue, and can often times even repair or reconstruct torn tissue such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Focusing on the Source of Your Knee Pain

An arthroscope can sometimes be used to detect and treat early stage non-inflammatory degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis. This is seen as frayed and irregular cartilage covering the bone and often measures a large area. Small areas of isolated injury to the cartilage covering the bone can sometimes be treated using a patient’s own cartilage cells. The state-of-the-art procedure involves harvesting and growing the cells in the laboratory for several months and then re-implanting them using a large incision to see the entire knee joint.

In the case of inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, patients with isolated chronic joint swelling can benefit from arthroscopic removal of the inflamed joint tissue. The tissue can then be biopsied to help determine the cause of the inflammation and make sure there isn’t an infection in the knee joint.

Arthroscopy can provide additional information in cases that cannot be diagnosed by merely withdrawing and analyzing joint fluid. It is also less invasive and carries fewer risks than more invasive orthopedic surgery, such as total knee arthroplasty.

Another benefit of arthoscopy is that it is minimally invasive. This often results in less pain and postoperative swelling than larger more invasive surgery. As a result, you heal faster, can begin your rehabilitation earlier, and often can return to every day activity, sports, and work sooner. Find Out If Arthroscopy Is Right for You

At OrthoKnox Orthopedic Care, Dr. David Hovis and Dr. Ryan Mitchell are experts at performing arthroscopy to accurately diagnose and repair injuries and problems affecting the joints – including the knee. They can evaluate your condition and tell you if you’re a candidate for arthroscopic surgery.