Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used to treat knee conditions that historically were treated through larger open incisions. There are a variety of conditions that cause knee pain including tendon tears, meniscus tears, loose bodies within the knee area, and osteoarthritis. When non-surgical methods fail to solve the problem, surgical intervention may be the answer. Knee arthroscopy is an excellent technique in the general treatment option for knee injuries.
Knee arthroscopy is performed under general anesthesia. After adequate anesthesia has been administered, Dr. LaReau will use small incisions to gain access to your knee joint. The incisions are placed in specific locations to minimize the potential for injury to the surrounding nerves, blood vessels and tendons. Through one incisions, a camera is placed into the joint, through other incisions, small instruments can be used to address the problem. The length of the knee arthroscopic procedure varies depending on what Dr. LaReau identifies as he begins the procedure. Once the procedure has been completed, Dr. LaReau will indicate the rehabilitation plan for you and the repaired knee.