Knee Arthroscopy is a keyhole operation that orthopaedic surgeons use to treat structural problems inside the knee joint. A fibre optic telescope known as an arthroscope is inserted into the knee joint through very small cuts at the front of the knee. A camera is attached to the arthroscope, and a clear view of the inside of the knee joint can be seen on a video monitor. This allows your orthopaedic surgeon to examine all areas inside the knee joint.
Dr. David Colvin, orthopaedic surgeon in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
What can be done with knee arthroscopy surgery?
During the procedure, Dr Colvin will be able to treat a number of problems including:
- A torn meniscus (cartilage), which can be treated with meniscectomy or meniscal repair.
- Damage to the articular cartilage which forms the joint surface (a Teflon like coating). It can be smoothed and flaps removed.
- A loose body formed by cartilage or bone floating in the knee can be removed.
- Lateral release cuts tissues which are too tight on the outer side of the knee cap to free it up and relieve the pain from a sore knee cap.
Arthroscopic Surgery has become a routine procedure. The incisions are small, which assists with faster healing and lowers the risks of complications. Most arthroscopies can be done as a day procedure.
What happens during a knee arthroscopy?
At the start of the procedure, a tourniquet is applied to the leg to prevent blood obscuring the view during surgery. Two cuts are made at the front of the knee, one for the arthroscope and the other for small operating tools and shavers to be inserted into the joint.
Dr Colvin will undertake the surgery while looking at a video monitor.
Knee Arthroscopy surgery can be as simple as removing a torn cartilage or as complex as ACL injury reconstruction.
Get in touch with us!
Dr David Colvin consults at:
Western Orthopaedic Clinic
Suite 213, 25 McCourt Street,
Subiaco WA 6008 (Perth)
- These rooms are part of St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
- Parking is available on site.
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