Men and Women from Vancouver and all across B.C. choose False Creek Healthcare Centre because of board-certified surgeons Dr. Peter Kokan, Dr. Jason Smith, Dr. Fadi Tarazi, and Dr. Thomas Goetz. Our teams of orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performing knee surgeries.
Knee pain can often result from a ruptured ligament, torn cartilage or certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout and infection. To diagnose the cause of knee pain, a surgical diagnostic procedure known as knee arthroscopy is often used.
A knee arthroscopy is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and injury. With the arthroscope, your surgeon can look directly into your knee allowing them to make a more accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment option for you.
Reasons for Knee Arthroscopy
A knee arthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:
- A torn meniscus: cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee.
- A damaged anterior cruciate or posterior cruciate ligament.
- Inflamed or damaged lining of the knee joint.
- Misalignment of the kneecap.
- Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
- Removal of Baker’s cyst: a fluid-filled, swelling behind the knee.
- Certain fractures of the bones of the knee.
What to Expect
A knee arthroscopy procedure can take up to over an hour, depending on how much work your surgeon needs to do inside your knee joint. A sterile fluid will be pumped into your joint to help produce a clearer picture and then a surgeon inserts a fibre-optic video camera, or arthroscope, through a small incision which transmits the view inside the joint to a video monitor.
Your surgeon will examine your knee joint and, if necessary, repair any damage or remove material that interferes with movement or causes pain in your knee. Afterwards, the fluid is drained out and the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips. A dressing and a bandage is then wrapped around the knee.
The length of your recovery will depend on the severity of the injuries treated.
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications