Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Hendersonville, TN
Knee arthroscopy is likely a better option than open surgery for joint replacement and problems like ruptured ligaments or meniscal tears. If you have a knee condition that might require surgical intervention, Robert Landsberg, MD, FRCS(C), FAAOS, and Jessica Mitchell, PA-C, at Landsberg Orthopaedics in Hendersonville, Tennessee, can help. Dr. Landsberg is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in performing minimally invasive knee arthroscopy. To benefit from his expertise, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.
Knee Arthroscopy Q & A
What is knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a type of surgery that uses minimally invasive techniques to assess and treat a variety of joint conditions.
The arthroscope that Dr. Landsberg uses is a flexible tube that has a camera fitted to one end. By inserting the camera into a small incision in your knee, Dr. Landsberg can view the joint on a screen and doesn’t need to cut into the soft tissues.
Knee arthroscopy offers significant advantages over traditional open surgery, namely:
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of complications
- Less pain after surgery
- Minimal scarring
- Faster recovery
Most patients have knee arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure, which means they can go home the day of their surgery.
What types of conditions can knee arthroscopy treat?
Dr. Landsberg is an expert in knee arthroscopy. He performs procedures using this technique such as:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) repair
- Meniscus repair or removal
- Ligament reconstruction
- Patella tendon repair
- Quadricep tendon repair
- Bone fragment removal
- Cartilage transplant
Dr. Landsberg also does knee replacement surgery using arthroscopic techniques.
What does arthroscopic knee replacement involve?
Knee replacement involves removing portions of the bones in your knee and implanting artificial components to take their place. It’s most often necessary when osteoarthritis in the knee joint becomes so advanced that nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective.
There are three bones in your knee: the bottom of your femur (thigh bone), the top of your tibia (shin bone), and the kneecap (patella). The top of another lower leg bone, the fibula, sits behind the main knee joint.
The ends of the femur and tibia are the bones that most often need replacing. Dr. Landsberg can access these bones using the arthroscope, remove the damaged parts, and insert artificial components to take their place.
How long does it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?
Recovery time varies according to the nature of your injury, your age, your general health and fitness, and the type of knee arthroscopy procedure performed. However, because arthroscopic techniques cause much less tissue damage than open surgery, recovery is usually far quicker.
You could well be walking with support from a cane, crutches, or a walker within a few hours of knee arthroscopy. To ensure you make a swift recovery and regain optimal use of your knee, it’s important to complete the physical therapy plan that forms the foundation of your rehabilitation.
To find out more about knee arthroscopy and see if you’re a good candidate for this type of surgery, call Landsberg Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.