Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Knee Arthroscopy at Fletcher Allen
Knee Arthroscopy is a procedure that works by inserting a tiny camera through a small incision. The camera provides a clear view of the inside of the knee joint.
Fiber optic technology
The view inside the joint is transmitted via fiber optic technology to a television monitor. Your orthopedic surgeon then inserts surgical instruments through other small incisions to perform more specific tasks, including:
- Loose body removal – Removing loose pieces of cartilage that float within the joint space. These pieces can become caught within the joint during movement.
- Synovial biopsy – Taking a sample of the synovial membrane. This is the tissue that lines a joint. The biopsy can help diagnose certain disorders or infections.
- Meniscus surgery – Repairing a torn meniscus (a C-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions the knee).
- Cartilage surgery – Repairing torn cartilage in the knee.