Vail Knee Surgery
- What is knee arthroscopy?
- What are common surgical procedures performed arthroscopically?
- What are the benefits of arthroscopy?
- What is ACL revision surgery?
1. What is knee arthroscopy?
Often performed at an outpatient surgery center, arthroscopy is a truly minimally invasive surgical method that is used to explore and treat problems in many different joints. A thin telescope with an attached fiber optic cable and HD video camera is inserted into the knee, which portrays a live video of the joint on a large monitor positioned above the patient.
2. What are common surgical procedures performed arthroscopically?
Several procedures (often involving cartilage or ligament damage repair) are performed using arthroscopic techniques.
3. What are the benefits of arthroscopy?
The magnified view of the joint provided by the arthroscope allows the surgeon to better see all the joint problems present, which leads to improved ability to accurately understand the extent of the patient's condition, and more precision in repairing the tissue.
Because the repair is completed through small incisions, there is less postoperative pain, swelling, and scarring. This leads to better range of motion, fewer complications and overall a better outcome.
4. What is ACL revision surgery?
ACL revision surgery is necessary when a previously reconstructed ACL graft is re-injured, often either due to complications stemming from the original reconstruction or a new traumatic event. Due to the previous reconstruction effort, successful ACL revision may require multiple procedures.
For more information on knee surgery, make an appointment with Dr. Cunningham for more information.