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Experts estimate that knee problems account for more than 40% of all sports-related injuries. Though common, without early intervention and treatment, knee pain can affect your mobility and quality of life. At C D Orthopedics, PC, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Christopher Durant, MD, uses knee arthroscopy to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses that affect the knee. To make an appointment at the practice in Brentwood, New York, call the office or schedule online today.
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that diagnoses and treats problems affecting your knee joint. During knee arthroscopy, Dr. Durant carefully inserts an arthroscope –– a skinny tube with a camera and light on the end –– through a small incision in your knee.
The arthroscope provides real-time images of your knee joint, allowing Dr. Durant to investigate the source of your symptoms. If necessary, he can use specialized surgical tools to make repairs during the same procedure.
If you regularly experience knee pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care like rest, ice, elevation, or over-the-counter pain medication, it’s important to get checked out. That’s especially true if your symptoms last for longer than a week and interfere with your ability to work or exercise.
Dr. Durant regularly uses knee arthroscopy to diagnose and treat a variety of common issues, including:
You might also benefit from a knee arthroscopy if you fracture one or both of your knee caps.
About two weeks before your procedure, you visit Dr. Durant for an in-office consultation. During your appointment, let him know if you take any prescription medication, vitamins, or supplements. Depending on your medical history, Dr. Durant might ask you to stop taking certain medications or have you refrain from blood thinners for at least a week.
You’ll need to fast for at least 12 hours before your operation. Dr. Durant might also write you a prescription for pain medication that you fill before the knee arthroscopy takes place.
Knee arthroscopy typically takes 45 minutes or less. On the day of your procedure, arrive at the office on time, and change into your provided hospital gown. Once you change, you're moved to an operating suite. Then, Dr. Durant administers anesthesia. The type of anesthesia you receive depends on the issue treated and your tolerance to pain.
When you’re comfortable, Dr. Durant makes a small incision over your knee. He inserts an arthroscope through the incision and uses it to assess the condition of your knee joint. If he notices any problems, like a torn ligament or meniscus, he uses small, specialized tools to make repairs.
When Dr. Durant finishes, he removes the arthroscope, stitches up your incision, and wraps it in a bandage. Afterward, you’re moved to a recovery room and Dr. Durant provides aftercare instructions.
To see if you’re a candidate for knee arthroscopy, make an appointment at C D Orthopedics, PC, by calling the office or scheduling online today.