Arthroscopic knee surgery is used to diagnose and treat a number of knee joint conditions.
With the arthroscopic approach, small incisions are made that allow the doctor to insert a high-powered fiber optic camera and surgical instruments into the knee area. As the doctor watches a monitor linked to the camera, he or she can address the specific needs inside the knee joint.
This type of knee surgery is used for conditions like torn meniscus, torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), swollen or damaged lining of the joint, misaligned kneecap, small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint, removal of Baker's cyst, and some fractures of the bones of the knee.
Advantages of knee arthroscopy include minimal scarring, reduced pain and bleeding, and lower chance of infection than open surgery.
Tenet Florida Physician Services considers a patient’s overall health before recommending any surgery. Some patients with soft tissue infections, acute and chronic open wounds, and dermatitis near the surgery site may not be good candidates for surgery. Other limitations may be placed on patients with nerve damage, infections, or wound issues.
In addition to the regular risks of any surgery, there are some additional risks to arthroscopic knee surgery. These include bleeding into the knee joint; damage to the cartilage, meniscus, or ligaments in the knee; blood clot in the leg; injury to a blood vessel or nerve; infection in the knee joint; and knee stiffness.
Recovery will depend on the exact type of procedure performed. In general, patients will need pain medication, elevation of the knee and frequent icing. Weight bearing activities like walking and driving will depend on your doctor’s instructions. After the swelling goes down, you may begin physical therapy or rehabilitation to strengthen the area and regain full range of motion.
Arthroscopic knee surgery is usually covered by insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. If you and your Tenet Florida Physician Services doctor believe surgery is a good choice for you, the Tenet team will give you an estimate of what your out of pocket expenses may be.
Usually, arthroscopic knee surgery candidates are referred by a general or family physician. If you would like to make an appointment to speak with a Tenet doctor about this procedure, call 1.866.654.2362.