ARTHROSCOPIC SURGICAL REPAIR
During arthroscopy, a small camera called an arthroscope is inserted into a joint through a small incision in the skin, providing the surgeon with magnified images of the joint. The benefit of arthroscopic surgery is that it allows a surgeon to look at the joint surfaces and the surrounding soft tissues such as the ligaments and cartilage. Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose or repair a joint problem, remove a loose or foreign body, or monitor a disease or the effectiveness of a treatment. Arthroscopy is commonly performed on the knee, shoulder, and ankle and can also be done on the hip, elbow, and wrist.
Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery offers patients many benefits, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
- No cutting of muscles or tendons
- Less bleeding during surgery
- A faster recovery time
- A faster and more comfortable rehabilitation
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At White Plains Hospital, our board-certified surgeons are highly skilled in a wide range of procedures. At our hospital, one procedure called a knee arthroscopy is commonly done to repair injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Knee arthroscopy helps restore normal or almost normal stability to the knee, limits loss of function, and prevents injury or degeneration to other parts of the knee.
During knee arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon makes two or three small incisions around the knee, and then inserts an arthroscope along with instruments and a light. During ACL surgery, the surgeon may repair other injured parts of the knee as well, such as ligaments, cartilage, or broken bones.
Arthroscopic surgery is often done on an outpatient basis, and usually requires no overnight hospitalization.. Patients who have knee arthroscopy often have quicker recovery times than those who have open surgery, however physical rehabilitation after knee arthroscopy may still take several months to a year. The length of time before returning to activities or sports is different for every person, and may range from four to six months.