Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Jon Pembroke Kelly, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Carlsbad Orthopaedic Group

Jon Pembroke Kelly, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Carlsbad, CA

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Specialist
As a leading orthopedic surgeon in Southern California, Dr. Kelly is skilled in minimally-invasive surgical techniques including arthroscopic knee surgery aimed at correcting knee joint damage and injury in patients from throughout San Diego and Carlsbad, CA.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Q&A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive type of surgery that uses a thin, flexible instrument called an arthroscope to see inside joints using small incisions and a tiny camera. Special surgical instruments designed to work through smaller incisions are also used. Arthroscopy is widely used for many types of joint surgeries, offering benefits like faster recovery time, less postoperative pain and a lower risk of complications compared to traditional surgery.

What kinds of knee surgery can be performed arthroscopically?

Many different types of knee surgery can be performed using an arthroscope, including:

  • ACL repair

  • repair of other ligaments

  • tendon repair

  • joint replacement

  • surgery to muscles and other soft tissues that comprise the joint

  • procedures to treat swelling of the interior lining of the joint (synovitis) and arthritis

  • kneecap repair and realignment

While many surgeries can be performed successfully using an arthroscopic technique, not every patient or injury is an ideal candidate for the approach. A careful and comprehensive exam as well as a review of your medical history and overall health will be able to determine if arthroscopic surgery is the right choice for your needs.

What happens during the procedure?

Several incisions will be made around the knee to allow the arthroscope and instruments to have access to the joint. Once the arthroscope is inserted into the joint space, a saline solution may be injected to expand the space so it can be viewed more clearly. Surgery is performed using special instruments inserted through other small incisions near the joint. Once the surgery is complete, the incisions can be closed with just a few sutures. Knee arthroscopy may also be performed to evaluate a joint, especially after CT scans, x-rays or other imaging techniques revealing a potential issue with the joint or its components.

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