What is Knee Arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. 2 or 3 portals, each less than a half an inch in size, are established around the knee. An arthroscope, or medical camera the size of a pencil, is inserted through a portal and used to view the inside of the knee. Through another portal, small instruments are used to help diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.
Arthroscopy is also commonly used to treat conditions in other joints, such as the shoulder, ankle, and hip. In the knee, arthroscopy is used to treat meniscus tears, ligament tears, and fractures. Compared to open knee surgery, arthroscopy allows the surgeon to better visualize and treat the condition, minimizes postoperative scarring thus accelerating range of motion gains, results in less pain, and has a lower risk of infection and postoperative blood clots. Dr. Cunningham is a knee surgeon at Vail Summit Orthopedics and Neurosurgery. He is an expert at diagnosing and treating a wide range knee injuries for patients in Vail, Summit County, Aspen, and Denver, CO.