Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words, arthro-, meaning joint, and -skopein, meaning to examine.
The benefits of arthroscopy involve smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.
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The meniscus is a “pad” of cartilage that evens out the distribution of weight on the bones in your knee joints. You have two in each knee.
Traumatic twisting of the knee is one common cause of meniscus tears, which are also seen as the result of degenerative wear. Pain, swelling, tenderness, “popping” noises or limited range of motion are all potential indicators of a tear, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans can help confirm the diagnosis.
Meniscus tears on occasion may not cause pain or impede function and not require intervention. However, Meniscus tears in most cases do not heal and require surgical treatment which involves removal of the torn fragments or surgical repair.
- Normal Meniscus
- Torn meniscus
- Resected Meniscus