Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to examine tissues inside the knee. It is often performed to confirm a diagnosis made after a physical examination and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or X-rays.
For some patients, it is then possible to treat the problem using a few additional instruments inserted through small incisions around the joint, including those with meniscal tears, mild arthritis, loose bone or cartilage, ACL and PCL tears, synovitis (swelling of the joint lining) and patellar (knee cap) misalignment.
Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers many benefits to the patient over traditional surgery. These include:
- no cutting of muscles or tendons
- less bleeding during surgery
- less scarring
- smaller incisions
- faster recovery and return to regular activities
- faster and more comfortable rehabilitation
Arthroscopy is not appropriate for every patient. Your doctor will discuss the options that are best for you.