What is Knee Arthroscopy?
Knee Arthroscopy is a common procedure in which a small camera is used to view the joint. Arthroscopy is able to give doctors better views of the joint to help better treat and diagnose knee problems. Arthroscopy is a very effective tool for treating knee problems; there are more than 4 million knee arthroscopic surgeries performed worldwide each year.
During the arthroscopic knee surgery, the surgeon inserts a camera that is about the size of a pencil into your knee joint. The camera, or arthroscope, projects images of the inside of your knee on a television monitor where the surgeon is able to feel, repair or remove damage tissue with small surgical tools that are inserted through other incisions in the knee.
Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a valuable part of your knee that supports and stabilizes the knee's movement. Over 200,000 ACL tears are reported in the United States each year. Typically these injuries happen during athletic activity when a person stops suddenly or has a sudden change in direction while running, pivoting or landing after a jump. This sudden impact results in an injured or torn ACL.
Torn ACLs are not uncommon. Simply put, anyone can suffer from a torn ACL. Moreover, torn ACLs do not discriminate based on physical abilities, age or condition. While torn ACLs can be common in children, usually other non-surgical options are considered when treating children with torn ACLs.
ACL reconstruction is not typically performed until after swelling and inflammation has been reduced. In the procedure, the torn ACL is completely removed and replaced because simply reconnecting the torn ends will not repair the ACL. Autograft) is used to reconstruct ACL.
Patellar realignment procedures, or a treatment of the knee cap, are used to treat instability issues that occur at the knee cap. In many cases, patients with unstable knee caps have problems with the alignment of their knee cap. Patellar realignment surgery seeks to bring the knee cap back to a normal alignment, allowing the patient to avoid feeling discomfort and pain. Through arthroscopic patellar realignment surgery, a surgeon examines the knee joint for cartilage damage through a scope. Benefits of the procedure include.
- Less post-op pain
- An avoidance of over-tightening
- Less opportunities for post-op complications
- Lower risks of scar tissues
- Easier rehabilitation
The Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) is located in the knee and plays a crucial part in stability and mobility. This ligament originates at the lateral epicondyle of the femur and continues into the tibia. An injury to this ligament is detrimental to mobility and quite painful.
Anterolateral reconstruction can benefit patients who have experienced ACL tears in the past. It is a minimally invasive reconstruction. For some patients, ruptures of the ACL and ALL cause too much joint laxity that traditional ACL reconstruction cannot fully remedy them, though, an Anterolateral Ligament can be performed in association with ACL procedures.
The Anterolateral Ligament is very important in chronic ACL injuries, female ACL injuries, and athletes that do contact sports.
ALL Reconstruction has been studied and performed in Europe with great results. Currently, Calvin is one of a few surgeons who performs ALL Reconstructions in the United States.