Thanks to advances in surgical technology, examining and treating problems inside your knee can be done through tiny incisions that keep your muscles and ligaments intact and promote a quick recovery. Charles P. Capito, MD, in Weirton, West Virginia, Steubenville, Ohio, or Oakdale, Pennsylvania, has extensive experience performing knee and shoulder arthroscopy to repair nearly every type of knee or shoulder problem that once required open surgery. If you need arthroscopy, schedule an appointment online or call the office nearest you.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s performed to diagnose and treat problems in your knee joint. It’s minimally invasive because it requires using a few small incisions rather than one long, open incision.
The procedure is named after a key piece of equipment, the arthroscope. The scope is narrow and contains fiber optic lighting and a high-definition camera that sends magnified images from inside your knee to a monitor.
The superior image the arthroscope transmits allows Charles P. Capito, MD, to carefully examine all the structures inside the joint and identify the cause of your symptoms. When you have a knee condition that needs treatment, Dr. Capito inserts additional surgical tools through other small incisions.
Dr. Capito may recommend arthroscopy to diagnose the underlying problem following a sports injury or when you have symptoms like chronic pain and stiffness. A few conditions that an arthroscopic procedure often treats and the repairs performed include:
Dr. Capito performs most knee procedures using arthroscopy.
The long incision used in traditional surgery cuts through muscles and causes significant trauma to your body. The small incisions Dr. Capito makes during knee arthroscopy significantly limit the shock to your body, and they spare the muscles, which are gently moved out of the way to accommodate the narrow tools.
Arthroscopic surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home the same day. You’ll also gain benefits such as:
You’ll need to avoid placing weight on your knee for a short time after knee arthroscopy, but Dr. Capito gives you exercises you can perform to help accelerate healing and restore motion.
If you have questions about knee arthroscopy, call Charles P. Capito, MD, or book an appointment online.