Knee Arthroscopy

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.

Learn more about other knee pain treatments, find a Fletcher Allen orthopedic doctor or call 802.847-2663.