Understanding arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a special type of minimally invasive surgery. It is performed by inserting a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision. The images from the camera are displayed on a monitor. This allows the surgeon to see the area clearly without making the type of large incisions that would be needed in open surgery. This technique can be used for either diagnostic procedures or treatment, depending upon the condition. If operation is necessary, the surgeon uses extremely thin surgical tools guided by the arthroscope images.

Arthroscopic surgery can be performed on many parts of the body, but it is especially useful in knee surgery.

The benefits of knee arthroscopy

The advantage of arthroscopic surgery over open surgery is that the patient experiences less pain and stiffness, and the recovery time is often much shorter as well. That means a smoother, more comfortable rehabilitation period and a quicker return to activities. This makes an especially big difference when it comes to knee surgery, because this type of recovery tends to keep patients off their feet. Faster healing means a faster return to independence.

There are many reasons why someone may need arthroscopic knee surgery. A few of the more common ones include:

  • ACL tears
  • Kneecap problems
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osteoarthritis

Experts in arthroscopic surgery in Central Oregon

At St. Charles Health System, our arthroscopic surgeons specialize in knee arthroscopy. If you need treatment for knee pain, you know that you’ll be working with experienced specialists with a long record of successful outcomes.

Talk to your orthopedic specialist to determine whether knee arthroscopy may be right for you.

St. Charles Health System offers arthroscopic knee surgery in Bend, Oregon to help our patients return to active, healthy lives.