An injury to the ligaments or cartilage (soft tissues) surrounding the knee joint can cause constant pain and prevent your knee from functioning properly. These injuries can significantly limit your active life. 


Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive technique to repair soft tissue injuries. If a tissue injury is left untreated, your knee joint may become permanently damaged. The best candidates for knee arthroscopy are active people between 20 and 60 years old with no arthritis.


After making small incisions, your surgeon will insert a fiber-optic camera and tiny surgical tools into your knee joint. The camera enables your surgeon to locate any damage in your knee. Depending on your condition, your surgeon may cut out and remove a torn piece of tissue, repair the torn tissue by sewing it back together or remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage.


Since this approach is minimally invasive and only requires small incisions, recovery time is shorter than other surgical techniques that entail a larger incision.  Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure and most patients can return home the same day of surgery.  Watch this video to learn more.




The Following Orthopedists Specialize in Knee Arthroscopy:



Symptoms That Can Be Successfully Treated with Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Include:


  • A locking, clicking or catching sensation in your knee joint 

  • Pain in your knee 

  • Stiffness, swelling or limited range of motion in your knee 

  • Meniscus or ligament tears and damage

  • Articular cartilage tears

  • Inflamed synovial tissue 

  • Injuries that have not responded to anti-inflammatory treatments or physical therapy 



Questions and Answers about Arthroscopic Knee Surgery


What causes soft tissue injuries in the knee joint?

Knee ligaments and cartilage usually get torn or injured during sports or other activities. For more information,
review common injuries.


Will I be able to resume my normal activities after surgery?

Your recovery will depend on several factors, including the type of damage your knee suffered. If no complications arise during treatment, you can typically begin light activities, such as cycling or swimming, within a few weeks and return to normal activity in a couple of months after surgery. Your commitment and cooperation are vital to a successful recovery. Following your orthopedist’s advice and adhering to your rehabilitation plan will increase your odds of resuming activity and reducing recovery time.


What are the risks of arthroscopic knee surgery?

Complications from this procedure are rare. However, possible risks of this surgery may include:


  • Blood accumulation in the knee. If this impairs mobility, an additional surgery or a drain may be necessary to eliminate the fluid.


  • Infection can occur in the tissues near your knee. Most infections are successfully treated with antibiotics.


  • Blood clots can form in your leg veins as a result of decreased movement of your leg after surgery or injury to your veins during the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe blood-thinning medications after surgery to prevent clots from forming. Exercises that increase blood flow through your leg veins, such as walking, can also reduce the risk
    of clots.