This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the knee, which helps in the diagnosis and treatment of problems. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts an arthroscope, a small camera instrument about the size of a pencil, into the knee joint. The scope sends the image to a television monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the structures of the knee in great detail.
If surgical treatment is needed, your surgeon will insert tiny instruments through another small incision. These instruments might be scissors, motorized shavers, or lasers. This makes it possible for the surgeon to perform a range of procedures to repair damage to the meniscus, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues surrounding the joint. This includes smoothing or repairing torn cartilage, trimming bone spurs, and removing inflamed tissue.
Recovery from this procedure is much faster than recovery from traditional open knee surgery. You should be able to return to most physical activities after 6 to 8 weeks, or sometimes much sooner. Higher impact activities may need to be avoided for a longer time. You will need to talk with your doctor before returning to intense physical activities
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