Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
The knees — the largest joints in your body — are comprised of bones, cartilage, meniscus and ligaments. One small tear, sprain or break to the knee can keep you off your feet and out of all the physical activities you enjoy. While anyone can experience a knee injury, women, athletes, those who are overweight and older adults with poor balance or arthritis are at the highest risk.
Do You Need Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery?
To treat some knee injuries, the RICE method — rest, ice, compression and elevation — along with bracing and anti-inflammatory medication, may be enough to relieve the pain, but surgery might be recommended if symptoms persist. Surgery doesn’t have to be scary, and many knee injuries can be treated with minimally invasive techniques.
For example, knee arthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that allows surgeons to perform an operation through a smaller incision than traditional surgery. During this procedure, a small camera is inserted and gives the surgeon a detailed view of the inside of the knee. The surgeon can then navigate small surgical instruments to mend the damaged joint. Minimally invasive surgery has several benefits, including less pain, less damage to tissue around the incision and often a shorter recovery time.
Most ideal candidates are at a healthy weight, committed to participating in rehabilitation after surgery and have lower risk of complications from surgery.
Knee Pain Treatment at Abrazo
Abrazo Health’s orthopedic surgeons specializing in knee surgery offer minimally invasive surgical treatment for these common conditions:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Meniscus tears
Our knee pain specialists will evaluate the injury and may order imaging to see if you qualify for orthopedic knee surgery.
The orthopedic knee surgeons at Abrazo Health offer several types of minimally invasive knee surgery, including these common procedures:
- ACL reconstruction — Reconstructs a ligament tear in knee
- Meniscectomy — Removes all or part of a damaged meniscus
- Knee arthroplasty — Replaces damaged parts of knee with an implant
If you have knee injury and are considering minimally invasive surgery, call (602) 674-6588 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic knee doctor at Abrazo.
Sources: National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, America Academy of Pediatrics, KidsHealth, Medline Plus