Arthroscopic Knee Surgery - Surgery Basics
Arthroscopic knee surgery has been a major scientific advance in knee surgery over past decades. The word arthroscopy comes from the meaning joint or arthro and view or scopy. It means that the knee surgeon will be able to view the patient's knee via a small incision, via which is inserted the arthroscope (a small camera about the size of a pen or pencil) into the knee joint. Like any camera, this signal is sent elsewhere - in this case to a computer monitor. On the monitor, the knee surgeon can see the knee structures in extremely fine detail.
What are the advantages of arthroscopic knee surgery?
There are many. First, less anesthetic is needed to be used, less cutting and wounding of tissues, and ultimately less recovery time for the patient. Nonetheless, this procedure is not applicable to all patients. Perhaps friends or loved ones have had arthrosopic knee surgery; this does not mean it applies to all patients.
The first step is an intensive consultation with one of our San Francisco-based knee surgeons, many of whom specialize in arthrosopic knee surgery as well as other types of knee surgery. An expert consultation in one of our San Francisco knee surgeon's offices is the first step towards the road of recovery from knee pain. If you are in Marin or San Mateo counties, a convenient drive into San Francisco for the consultation will be the first step.
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