Millions of people end up in the emergency room because of an acute knee injury each year in the US. And many more people end up with overuse injuries of the knee. Because your knees play such an important role in your ability to go about your daily activities, any one of these injuries can wreak havoc on your life.
When conservative treatments aren’t sufficient for a knee injury, knee scope procedures, also known as knee arthroscopy, provide valuable options that allow you to avoid the risks and hassle of traditional surgery and still attain the healing you desire.
Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, uses knee arthroscopy to evaluate and treat a variety of knee conditions to help you do away with pain and stiffness and get back to your usual lifestyle.
Read on to learn more about knee scope procedures, including what to expect.
How a knee scope works
Knee scope is a procedure that uses minimally invasive techniques to evaluate, diagnose, and treat problems within the knee. During the procedure, one of our skilled experts insert a tiny, tube-like camera known as an arthroscope into the treatment area. This special device then projects images from inside your knee onto a screen for better viewing.
Only a very small incision is required, which is why a knee scope is so much less invasive than traditional surgery. If any problems are detected, your provider will insert similarly small surgical tools in the same incision to treat it.
Knee scope benefits
Because knee scope is minimally invasive, the procedure takes a lot less time than conventional surgery and brings fewer risks. It also requires less downtime for healing. The incisions used are so small, that you’ll only require stitches for closure. These small wounds heal faster than larger surgical incisions, at which point your surgeon may recommend that you start physical therapy.
You’ll still have a road of healing ahead, but it’ll be shorter than that of traditional surgery. In fact, many people can return to work within one week of having knee arthroscopy.
Knee scope procedures are also very versatile, allowing your specialist to analyze and treat a broad range of knee conditions, including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Damaged articular cartilage
- Inflamed joint lining
- Kneecap problems
- Knee infections
- Loose cartilage or bone fragments
- Meniscus tear
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Worn out cartilage
Regardless of the type of knee ailment you’re dealing with, our expert team is here to help.
To learn more about knee scope procedures or get the care you need, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request an appointment on our website.