Unfortunately, not every knee injury responds to non-surgical approaches. The good news is that advances in medical technology have made arthroscopic surgery a more practical option for many patients. Dr. Patel, can you tell us more about this type of surgery?
Absolutely, Major Spencer. Arthroscopic surgery can be an extremely effective treatment for some knee injuries. During this procedure, the provider makes small incisions near the knee, and inserts a tiny instrument called an arthroscope to view and repair damaged structures.
Arthroscopic surgery is used most often in cases where repair is needed for ruptured ligaments or torn menisci, or when the patient is experiencing some level of disability because of the injury. Arthroscopic surgery is usually fairly quick, involves a minimum level of discomfort, and has a high success rate.