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Solve Your Knee Pain with Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy, or arthroscopic knee surgery, is minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and repair knee problems. Knee arthroscopy allows our orthopedic surgeons at Southcoast Health to view the joint and perform surgery with instruments inserted through small incisions instead of a larger incision necessary for open knee surgery.

Find a way to effectively treat your knee pain and other symptoms by turning to our experienced orthopedic surgeons for arthroscopic knee surgery in Fall River, New Bedford, Dartmouth, MA and the surrounding areas.

Why We Perform Knee Arthroscopy at Southcoast Health

If you’re having knee pain symptoms from an injury or overuse, your doctor will likely first recommend rest, physical therapy and pain medication. If these treatments don’t help, knee arthroscopy may be the best course of treatment.

Our doctors can use minimally invasive knee surgery to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Catching or locking
  • Stiffness
  • Burning sensation

Arthroscopy can also be used to treat the following knee conditions:

  • Torn cartilage and ligaments, such as the meniscal cartilage, articular cartilage and the ACL
  • Loose pieces of bone and cartilage inside the knee joint
  • Misalignment of the kneecap
  • Inflammation inside the joint
  • Fractures, depending on the location and severity

What to Expect from Knee Surgery

During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will insert an arthroscope (a tube-shaped instrument with a small camera) into a half-inch cut in your knee. The arthroscope is used to send video images of the inside of your knee to a screen. Your surgeon can correct the problem or repair damage with additional surgical instruments inserted through other small incisions.

Knee arthroscopy takes about an hour, and most people go home the same day.

Benefitting from Knee Arthroscopy in Fall River, Dartmouth & New Bedford, MA

Your doctor will recommend a plan for gradually bearing more weight on your affected leg, as well as an exercise and physical or occupational therapy regimen to regain your full movement and strength. Total recovery can take anywhere from one to two months, or longer for more extensive surgery.

If you’re considering undergoing knee arthroscopy or would like to learn more about your options, find an orthopedic surgeon or a physician practice near you to set up a consultation. You can also attend our Joint Seminar to see how we can help you. Call 508-973-1559 to register.

Through Southcoast Surgery Center, Tobey Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital, Southcoast Health offers patients orthopedic surgical services, including knee arthroscopy, in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.