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Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Lexington KY

Bluegrass Orthopaedics offers many different knee surgery procedures using innovative techniques and the latest technology to perform them. Arthroscopic knee surgery in Lexington, KY at Bluegrass Orthopaedics is just one of the advanced procedures we offer to treat knee injuries and conditions.

Arthroscopic knee surgery in Lexington, KY is a common, minimally invasive procedure performed by our orthopedic surgeons at Bluegrass Orthopaedics to diagnose and treat a variety of knee injuries and conditions. This procedure allows us to insert a very small camera through an incision to get an inside view of the knee joint. High resolution cameras enable us to determine where and what the problem is and treat it in a fairly short time frame.

Bluegrass Orthopaedics offers the expertise and experience of trained orthopaedic surgeons covering knee replacement and reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgery and cartilage disorders and restoration. If non-surgical treatments have not provided improvement to your knee problems, you may benefit from arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic knee surgery can be used to:

  • Remove loose bodies
  • Repair torn or damaged cartilage (meniscus tear)
  • Reconstruct torn ligaments
  • Correct damage from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis

Meniscus Repair - Arthroscopic Technique

Each of your knee joints is cushioned by two c-shaped wedges of cartilage. The two cushions in each knee are called the "menisci." Individually, each cushion is called a "meniscus." Certain motions, such as twisting the knee, can cause a meniscus to tear. In many cases, a torn meniscus can be treated with arthroscopic surgery.

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Arthroscopic knee surgery in Lexington, KY may certainly be a treatment option for certain types of knee pain. Not all causes of knee pain can be effectively treated with an arthroscopic procedure. Some of the reasons to perform an arthroscopic knee surgery include:

  • Torn cartilage / meniscus surgery Meniscectomy is the official name of the surgery that involves the removal of a portion of the meniscus cartilage from the knee joint. The meniscus is a shock-absorbing wedge of cartilage that sits between the bone ends to provide cushioning support.
  • Meniscus repair Meniscus repair is a surgical procedure done to repair damaged meniscus. The meniscus repair can restore the normal anatomy of the knee and has a better long-term prognosis when successful.
  • ACL reconstruction The ACL is one of four major knee ligaments. The ACL is critical to knee stability. People who injure their ACL often complain about their knee giving out from under them.
  • Lateral release A lateral release is performed to loosen the ligaments that pull the kneecap toward the outside of the groove.
  • Microfracture Microfacture is a treatment used to stimulate the body to grow new cartilage in an area of damaged cartilage.

Arthroscopic knee surgery can be done under general, regional or local anesthesia. After adequate anesthesia, a Bluegrass Orthopaedics surgeon will create portals to gain access to the knee joint. The portals are placed in specific locations to minimize the potential for injury to surrounding nerves, blood vessels and tendons. Patients who have arthroscopic knee surgery under a regional or local anesthesia can often watch their surgery on a monitor to see what is causing the problem.

One of the many benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery is the actual duration of the procedure. This surgery is commonly an outpatient procedure, meaning a patient can typically be able to go home the same day of the surgery.

The benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery in Lexington, KY at Bluegrass Orthopaedics are:

  • Full recovery is typically faster. Traditional open knee surgery often involves a much longer recovery process.
  • The surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. Patient can often return home within an hour or two of surgery.
  • Depending on the extent of the knee damage and circumstances, the surgery may last anywhere from 30 minutes to a little over an hour.

Arthroscopic knee surgery is known for being an effective treatment method with a fast recovery process. For the best arthroscopic knee surgery in Lexington, KY, contact the specialists at Bluegrass Orthopaedics.