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Knee arthroscopy - Health Education

Knee arthroscopy gets patients back on their feet fast

Your knee is the largest joint in your body, as well as one of the most easily injured. Many people wait to see a doctor, hoping the pain will go away on its own.

“In some cases, rest, ice and elevation will heal a knee injury, but if the pain doesn’t go away or you experience swelling after activity, it’s important to see your primary care doctor for an evaluation,” says Greg Schoen, MD, a family medicine doctor at Fairview Clinics — Princeton. “We start with a physical exam and imaging, if necessary, to determine the best treatment option—whether it’s rest, physical therapy or surgery.”

Knee arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is the most common surgery performed to improve knee function and reduce pain. While knee pain can be difficult to live with, it’s not life-threatening so the surgery is considered elective.

Arthroscopy for the knee is most commonly used for:

  • Removal or repair of torn cartilage
  • Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
  • Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Removal of inflamed tissue

Knee arthroscopy uses small incisions (less than half of an inch) to allow for a scope, or miniature camera, to get a clear view inside the knee. Surgeons also use small surgical instruments to probe, cut or shave tissues or to remove torn cartilage. Two to four small incisions are usually needed for arthroscopy.

Arthroscopy can be performed under local, regional or general anesthesia.

  • Local anesthesia numb just your knee
  • Regional anesthesia numbs you below your waist
  • General anesthesia puts you to sleep

Most patients can go home after surgery and return to light activity levels within a week following the procedure. A full recovery can take up to eight weeks, depending on the type of repair. The final outcome of your surgery will be determined by the degree of damage to your knee.

First steps to eliminating pain
If you injure your knee, or have chronic pain or swelling, call 763-389-3344 to schedule an appointment at Fairview Northland Medical Center. We’ll determine the best treatment option for you, and if necessary, refer you to one of our skilled orthopedic surgeons.

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