Knee Arthroscopy

Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Fredericksburg, TX & Boerne, TX

About 1 million people have knee arthroscopy every year. In cases of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), cartilage tears, and other tissue damage, this minimally invasive procedure can repair damaged tissue and relieve your pain with a much easier recovery than knee replacement surgery. At Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, experienced orthopedic surgeons perform knee arthroscopy for both diagnosis and treatment. There are two offices in Fredericksburg and Boerne, Texas, so call the one nearest you or use the online scheduler now.

Knee Arthroscopy Q & A

What is knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is an advanced orthopedic procedure that the doctors perform to diagnose and treat problems within your knee joint. 

During this procedure, the doctor makes very small incisions around your knee. He inserts a tube with a tiny camera, and then he views the inner joint on a monitor. In this way, he can find problems and make a diagnosis. If you have a problem requiring repair, the doctor can perform those repairs then. 

When might I need a knee arthroscopy?

You may need knee arthroscopy if you're looking for a diagnosis for persistent knee pain. If you have certain types of tissue damage, the doctor may recommend knee arthroscopy. Some conditions that he can treat with knee arthroscopy include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Meniscal tears
  • Dislocated patella (kneecap)
  • Inflamed synovium (joint lining)
  • Knee sepsis (infection)

 

Whether your knee pain occurs because of acute injury or joint wear and tear, knee arthroscopy could be the best solution. For end-stage arthritis, however, a total knee replacement is the gold standard treatment. 

How does knee arthroscopy work?

You receive local, regional, or general anesthesia before the procedure. The doctor creates small incisions and flushes your knee joint with saline solution to improve his view of the joint. He views images of your knee joint on a screen nearby, and then he can typically make or confirm a diagnosis. 

If you need surgical repairs, Dr. Biecker places thin surgical tools through the other incisions. He can trim, cut, shave, reposition, and remove tissue based on your needs. He may also place anchoring stitches to secure the tissue to your bone.

The procedure usually takes under an hour, and in most cases, you can return home that day. 

What are the advantages of knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is less invasive than knee replacement. Because the incisions are so small, you have less bleeding, less discomfort, and a faster recovery. Smaller incisions also mean a smaller risk of infection. 

In some cases, knee arthroscopy can relieve your pain completely while preserving as much of your own knee anatomy as possible.

If you have stubborn knee pain and want to know more about knee arthroscopy, reach out to Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by phone or through the online scheduler now.