Knee Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
October 12, 2015
Why You Need Arthroscopy for Your Knee Injury
Arthroscopy allows orthopedic surgeons to more accurately diagnose and treat knee injuries. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed every year worldwide.
Reasons for Knee Arthroscopy
Surgeons use diagnostic arthroscopy to examine knee injuries as closely as possible without invasive surgery—which could cause further trauma to your knee. Arthroscopy is typically used for the following knee injuries:
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tears
- Meniscal tears
- Baker’s cysts
- Knee fractures
- Synovial swelling
- Patella dislocation
- Torn cartilage inside the knee joint
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, and the cause is unsure, arthroscopy may help your orthopedic surgeon diagnose and treat you properly.
Benefits of Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require surgeons to make large cuts in or around your knee. These smaller cuts lead to a lower risk of complications from surgery, such as infection and excessive bleeding. They also allow the affected area to heal faster, resulting in a shorter recovery time.
Doctors can usually determine the type of knee injury you have with X-rays and other scans, but these diagnostic procedures provide a limited view of the knee’s interior for more complicated injuries. Arthroscopy allows surgeons to see into the affected area and arrive at a more accurate diagnosis.