Knee surgery is typically reserved as the last course of action for treating pain, instability, or poor range of motion in the knee. In most cases, people receive sufficient relief from nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription medications, physical therapy, and injections.
When knee surgery is recommended, it’s often performed using an arthroscopic approach. An arthroscope is a thin, flexible instrument with a video camera on the end, which lets a surgeon see clearly inside a joint without having to make any large incisions. When surgeries are performed in this minimally invasive fashion, patients tend to experience faster recovery times, less pain, and reduced risk of complications.
In general, arthroscopic knee surgery involves the following steps:
- The surgeon will make small incisions in the knee and insert the arthroscope to view the joint.
- The camera on the arthroscope will send magnified video to a monitor in the operating room, where the surgeon can see the condition of the knee and control the surgical instruments with excellent precision.
- Sterile fluid may be applied to open the joint further, giving the surgeon more room in which to move the surgical instruments.
- Other instruments and devices may be used to repair and replace damaged tissue in the knee.
At Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine, Dr. Ira Guttentag specializes in performing arthroscopic knee surgery. He treats athletes of all ages and skill levels at Florida Medical locations throughout the region.
Individuals who are interested in learning whether they would benefit from knee surgery or other treatments can schedule an appointment with Dr. Guttentag by contacting Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today.