Knee Arthroscopic Surgery
The knee is one of the most common joints to require surgery. When possible, arthroscopic surgery can be a less invasive option, requiring a smaller incision and less trauma to the surrounding tissues. Knee arthroscopic surgery is a treatment option available through orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds in San Jose.
Open knee surgery requires a larger incision to the skin and tissues to allow the surgeon to view the inside of the joint. With arthroscopic surgery to the knee, the incision is usually less than a inch in diameter. This small opening is all that is needed to allow access of the arthroscope, a tiny tube with a light and camera. This instrument transmits the interior view of the knee joint to a monitor, giving the surgeon a clear, concise view of the knee components during surgical treatments.
The benefits of arthroscopy for knee surgery include less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient. Most arthroscopic surgeries are outpatient, reducing hospital and surgery costs. The scar is almost invisible; the incision can usually be covered with a traditional-sized bandage.
Knee Conditions Treated with Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is used to diagnose knee conditions, but it can also be used to repair common knee issues. Some of the knee problems that Dr. Reynolds may be able to repair using arthroscopic surgery include:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage loss
- Knee fractures
- Loose bodies
- Meniscus repairs
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
- Reducing scar tissue
Knee arthroscopic surgery is minimally-invasive and offers an alternative to conventional open surgery for many conditions. If you have a knee condition and want to explore conservative treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Reynolds. He offers many treatment options for joint conditions with fewer risks and quicker recovery, including knee arthroscopic surgery. Contact our practice today to schedule your appointment.