Arthroscopy of the Knee and Other Treatment Options for Joint Pain in Freehold, NJ
Arthroscopy of the knee is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that provides a clear view of the joint interior, which can allow an orthopedic surgeon to diagnose and treat a variety of knee conditions, such as a torn ligament or meniscus, chondromalacia, knee instability, cartilage damage, and arthritis. At New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons are experienced in performing arthroscopy and other advanced surgical techniques to help athletes of all levels in motion.
If you decide to pursue a arthroscopic procedure after talking with a knee surgeon at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, New Jersey, you’ll first need to have a complete physical examination so that your surgeon can assess your overall health and rule out any underlying conditions or medications that could potentially affect your surgery. To help plan your procedure, your surgeon may order some lab tests or a cardiogram.
Almost all arthroscopy of the knee procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In general, a surgeon will:
- Create one or more small incisions in the knee area
- Administer a sterile fluid to expand the joint
- Use an arthroscope, which is a pencil-sized instrument with a tiny camera attached to the end, to transmit detailed images of the inside of the knee to a nearby monitor
- View the images to thoroughly examine the knee joint and determine the source of the problem
- Use specialized surgical instruments as necessary to remove or repair damaged tissues
- Drain the fluid from the joint and close the incisions with stitches
After an arthroscopic procedure, you may experience some temporary swelling and discomfort in the treated knee. You will likely be able to return to work within a few days (unless your job involves significant bending, lifting, or carrying). Physical therapy will be a key component of your recovery process, so it will be important for you to perform the exercises recommended for you as instructed by your treatment team.
If you’d like to learn more about arthroscopy of the knee, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule a consultation with a knee specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ.