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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles

Knee Arthroscopy

Alternate Names : Diagnostic Knee Arthroscopy, Arthroscopic Knee Exploration

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

Knee arthroscopy is a common procedure used to diagnose and treat knee injuries. The surgeon examines the knee with an instrument called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is a pencil-sized tube with a light and camera attached to the end of it. It is inserted into a cut in the knee. An image of the inside of the knee is then seen on a television screen. The surgeon can view the entire knee joint, which may allow him or her to repair certain injuries.

Who is a candidate for the procedure?

Knee arthroscopy is used to diagnose the cause of pain, swelling, tenderness, or weakness in a person's knee. It may be recommended for a person with:

  • a torn knee cartilage
  • a damaged kneecap
  • a damaged ligament
  • an inflamed or damaged lining of the joint
  • How is the procedure performed?

    Knee arthroscopy is usually done in a same day surgery center. This means the person can go home the same day as the procedure.

    This procedure is done using general anesthesia or local anesthesia. Several small incisions are made in the knee. The surgeon inserts the arthroscope through one of the incisions. Other instruments are inserted through the other incisions. The surgeon can see the ligaments, the cartilage, kneecap, and the lining of the joint. This allows him or her to perform surgery to correct any damage. The small incisions will be closed with stitches or small, sticky pieces of special tape.


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    Knee Arthroscopy: Preparation & Expectations

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/16/02

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