Bryant Bonner, MD

Board Certified

Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist

Knee Arthroscopy

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A pathway to pain-free movement

Welcome to our patient-focused guide dedicated to Knee Arthroscopy! Whether you’re experiencing knee pain, injury, or inflammation, knee arthroscopy may offer a less invasive and effective way to examine and address problems within your knee joint. This minimally invasive procedure offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options for various knee issues.

Knee Arthroscopy involves the use of a specialized camera called an arthroscope, allowing Dr. Bonner to examine and address knee problems through small incisions.
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Throughout this comprehensive guide, we aim to provide you with a deeper understanding of Knee Arthroscopy, covering essential topics such as conditions treatable with Knee Arthroscopy, the step-by-step process of the arthroscopic procedure, benefits and advantages of Knee Arthroscopy, and postoperative care and rehabilitation.

As you explore this guide, we encourage you to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Bonner and our team are dedicated to ensuring your well-being and helping you regain an active and pain-free lifestyle.

What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows Dr. Bonner to examine and treat the inside of your knee joint using a small camera called an arthroscope. This procedure is commonly used to diagnose and address various knee problems, including injuries, inflammation, and certain types of damage.

During Knee Arthroscopy, Dr. Bonner will make a few small incisions around your knee to insert the arthroscope and other tiny surgical instruments.

The arthroscope is a thin, small instrument equipped with a light and a camera on the end. It sends images of the inside of your knee to a monitor, allowing Dr. Bonner to see and examine the structures in your knee joint in real-time.

Depending on the issue being addressed, Dr. Bonner may use specialized tools to clean up torn or damaged cartilage or meniscus, remove loose fragments, or perform other necessary treatments.

Knee Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a range of knee conditions, such as:

  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage damage
  • Synovitis (inflammation of the lining of the joint)
  • Loose bodies (fragments of bone or cartilage floating within the joint)
  1. Minimally Invasive: The procedure involves only small incisions, which typically results in less pain, faster recovery, and minimal scarring compared to traditional open surgery.
  2. Accurate Diagnosis: The arthroscope provides a clear view of the inside of the knee, enabling Dr. Bonner to accurately diagnose the problem and plan the appropriate treatment.
  3. Faster Recovery: Because of the small incisions and minimal tissue disruption, patients often experience quicker recovery times compared to traditional surgery.

Patients go home the same day of surgery. Patients may use a walker or crutches for the first couple days to help provide some added stability and balance and progressively graduate to a cane and then off any assistive devices as you are able. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help you regain strength, flexibility, and function in your knee.

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