Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into the knee joint to assess and repair damage to the knee.
Arthroscopy is useful in evaluating and treating the following conditions:
- Torn floating cartilage (meniscus): The cartilage is trimmed to a stable rim or occasionally repaired
- Torn surface (articular) cartilage
- Removal of loose bodies (cartilage or bone that has broken off) and cysts.
- Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate ligament
- Patello-femoral (knee-cap) disorders
- Washout of infected knees
- General diagnostic purposes
The benefits of Knee Arthroscopy compared to alternative, surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Minimal soft tissue trauma – Less pain
- Faster healing time
- Lower infection rate
- Earlier mobilisation post surgery