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Knee Arthroscopy
Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic - San Jose, Los Gatos & Fremont, CA



Knee Arthroscopy

Knee injuries are common for every type of patient—young or old, active or sedentary. The doctors at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic are thrilled to offer arthroscopic knee surgery for common knee conditions, allowing for far less trauma and a faster recovery time than traditional surgical options. Arthroscopic surgery is performed through small incisions and a camera, getting directly to the root of the problem without needing to open the knee completely.

As with all treatment plans at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, the process is a partnership between the doctor and patient. Each physician engages in shared decision making on the best course of action for your unique case.

Common Questions

What is arthroscopic knee surgery?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to repair a joint, cartilage, or ligament. The word arthroscopy literally means “to look within the joint,” deriving from two Greek words, "arthro" (joint) and "skopein” (to look).

Arthroscopic surgery is performed using pencil-thin instruments with small fiber optic cables. It requires less recovery time than traditional open surgery and requires a much smaller incision.

Who needs a knee arthroscopy?

Our arthroscopic knee surgery patients are often suffering from meniscus tear, tendonitis, patellar (knee cap) injuries, torn cartilage or ligaments, or ACL injuries. When a patient’s injury or condition doesn’t respond well to nonsurgical treatment such as rest, physical therapy, or medication, arthroscopic surgery can be a highly effective, low-risk treatment option.

If you’re suffering from a knee injury or condition, talk to the doctors at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. We strive to get your back on your feet as soon as possible.

How does knee arthroscopy work?

Arthroscopic surgery is generally an outpatient procedure. The surgery will involve very small incisions, through which pencil-thin instruments will be guided with small fiber optic cables. An arthroscope, also threaded through one of the incisions, is used to see the injury while the repair is being done.

When appropriate, arthroscopy has essentially replaced open procedures, which are more traumatic and require longer recovery time.

How long does arthroscopic surgery take?

While all cases are different, most arthroscopic knee surgery procedures take about an hour. Your doctor at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic will work in partnership with you so you know what to expect on the day of surgery and during the recovery process.

Is arthroscopy painful?

Since arthroscopy uses very small incisions, you will experience less recovery time and your body will not need to undergo as much healing. Some patients experience tenderness during the recovery period—our doctors will walk you through several options for pain relief during recovery to decide which is best for you.

Will I be numb for my knee arthroscopy?

Anesthesia and sedation will be used, depending on the case, to make sure you feel no pain during the procedure. Your doctor at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic will work with you to decide which type of numbing agent is best for your case.

Will I need pain medication after a knee arthroscopy procedure?

Yes, some patients experience tenderness during the recovery period. The doctors at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic have several options for pain relief during recovery and will work with you to decide which option is best. We recommend, if possible, using ice to minimize the amount of medication needed.

How long does recovery from knee arthroscopic surgery take?

The recovery period from arthroscopic surgery lasts about a week, so you’ll be back at it in no time.

When can I schedule my knee arthroscopy?

We offer same-day appointments and emergency care, when necessary. Any diagnostic services required are also offered in the office. So if you’re injured and anxious to get right back out there, do not hesitate to get in touch!

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