Knee Arthroscopy

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey provides comprehensive treatment plans by the most highly skilled Orthopedic Knee Specialists.

What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats a number of knee injuries and conditions. The advantages of minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures over open incision ones include less surgical trauma, less post-operative pain, and a quicker recovery. Modern surgical techniques, equipment, and devices allow physicians to perform most knee surgeries arthroscopically, with the exception being total knee replacement surgery. Common procedure steps include the following:

  • Incisions. 2-3 incisions are made around the patella (kneecap)
  • Joint visualization. An arthroscopic camera is placed through the incisions and carefully guided into the knee joint. Joint bones and soft tissues are viewed on a nearby television monitor.

The type of procedure determines additional steps. Commonly performed procedures include the following:

  • Cartilage repair. Torn cartilage is removed and existing cartilage is smoothed.
  • Ligament repair. A graft is used to replace a torn ligament. Special surgical devices secure the new ligament.
  • Meniscus repair. Special suture anchors are used to repair a torn meniscus and reattach it to the bone.

General anesthesia is used to perform the majority of knee arthroscopy procedures. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. A family member or friend drives the patient home shortly after. A return to work usually takes at least 2-3 days. The type of procedure determines total recovery time.

At Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained knee specialists Dr. Michael Sclafani, Dr. Anthony Petrosini and Dr. Toby Husserl perform knee arthroscopy procedures that relieve symptoms and help patients return to normal pain-free lives as quickly as possible. Please make an appointment today to receive a diagnosis and say goodbye to your symptoms.

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