Knee Arthroscopy Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

Thanks to advances in surgical technology, examining and treating problems inside your knee can be done through tiny incisions that keep your muscles and ligaments intact and promote a quick recovery. The surgeons at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC in Clive, Ankeny, and Indianola, Iowa, have extensive experience performing knee arthroscopy to repair nearly every type of knee problem that once required open surgery. If you need arthroscopy, schedule an appointment online or call the office nearest you.

Knee Arthroscopy Q&A

What is knee arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s performed to diagnose and treat problems in your knee joint. It’s minimally invasive because it requires using a few small incisions rather than one long, open incision.

The procedure is named after a key piece of equipment, the arthroscope. The scope is narrow and contains fiber optic lighting and a high-definition camera that sends magnified images from inside your knee to a monitor.

The superior image the arthroscope transmits allows your surgeon to carefully examine all the structures inside the joint and identify the cause of your symptoms. When you have a knee condition that needs treatment, your surgeon inserts additional surgical tools through other small incisions.

When might I need a knee arthroscopy?

Your surgeon at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC may recommend arthroscopy to diagnose the underlying problem following a sports injury or when you have symptoms like chronic pain and stiffness. A few conditions that an arthroscopic procedure often treats and the repairs performed include:

  • Meniscus tear - remove damaged tissues and repair cartilage
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury - reconstruct the ligament
  • Synovitis knee infection - remove inflamed and infected tissues
  • Arthritic degeneration - trim away deteriorated cartilage and resurface the bone
  • Bone or cartilage fragments in the joint - remove loose pieces
  • Dislocated kneecap - realign and stabilize the kneecap

The Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC team performs most knee procedures using arthroscopy.

What are the benefits of knee arthroscopy?

The long incision used in traditional surgery cuts through muscles and causes significant trauma to your body. The small incisions your surgeon makes during knee arthroscopy significantly limit the shock to your body, and they spare the muscles, which are gently moved out of the way to accommodate the narrow tools.

Arthroscopic surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home the same day. You’ll also gain benefits such as:

  • Reduced bleeding
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Quicker recovery
  • Faster rehabilitation

You’ll need to avoid placing weight on your knee for a short time after knee arthroscopy, but the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC team gives you exercises you can perform to help accelerate healing and restore motion.

If you have questions about knee arthroscopy, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC or book an appointment online.