An arthroscopy is a medical term for a procedure used by physicians to see inside a joint or other part of the body to identify and treat damage. Arthroscopies are commonly performed on hips, knees and shoulders to examine the joints for inflammation or injuries.
A small camera called an arthroscope is inserted in the knee joint during the procedure. The images from the arthroscope are sent to a monitor, allowing the surgeon and team to see the joint in great detail. Using this technology, the doctor can assess damage and begin treatment.
After arthroscopy procedures are complete, our orthopaedic surgeons will work with patients to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. These plans usually include physical therapy, and exercises to restore strength and mobility to the knee. Recovery times also vary according to types and severity of knee damage.
Knee arthroscopy patients usually enjoy a faster return to everyday activities than a traditional open knee surgery patient, usually within six to eight weeks. However, some high impact activities may have to be modified to protect joints. The medical team should recommend necessary lifestyle changes during the course of treatment.
To learn more about knee arthroscopy procedures or schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please visit www.neorthohospital.com.