What is a Knee Arthroscopy?
A knee arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure where a tiny camera is used to view the interior of the knee joint. It allows Dr. Velyvis to get a clear view of the inside of the knee to diagnose and treat any problems. He does the surgery during the day under general anaesthesia.
Why is a knee arthroscopy better than a major surgery?
There are a lot of benefits to arthroscopies including fast healing, a rapid recovery, and minimal scarring. A knee arthroscopy can usually be done as an outpatient procedure so you can go home the same day.
Why would I need a knee arthroscopy?
Knee scopes are used for diagnoses such as meniscal tears, chondromalacia, loose bodies, osteochondral defects (OCD), synovitis, patella maltracking, and torn cartilage.
What are some of the risks?
Generally speaking, the risk to the knee during an arthroscopic surgery are very low. However, risks related to knee arthroscopies can include:
- Localized bleeding after surgery
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Skin numbness near incisions
- Injury to local nerves
Dr. Velyvis can talk to you about more risks and any of your concerns.