Knee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. In it, a miniature camera is inserted through a small incision.

This provides a clear view of the inside of the knee and helps our orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat knee problems such as:

  • Torn meniscal cartilage
  • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Damaged joint surfaces or softening of the articular cartilage, known as chondromalacia
  • Inflammation of the synovial membrane, such as rheumatoid or gouty (crystalline arthropathy) arthritis
  • Abnormal alignment or instability of the kneecap
  • Torn ligaments, including the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments

Knee arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis in our Same Day Surgery Center. After surgery patients initially recover in our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). They are then transferred to Ambulatory Care for their final recovery and discharge instructions before going home.

Common treatments with knee arthroscopy include:

  • Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
  • Reconstruction of a torn cruciate ligament
  • Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
  • Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Removal of inflamed synovial tissue

Shoulder arthroscopy is used most commonly for surgical repair and diagnosis regarding:

  • Impingement syndrome, which is common in the shoulder and, like osteoarthritis, more likely to appear with aging
  • Rotator cuff tear