A knee injury caused by a fall down, automobile accident or other trauma can be debilitating and even a life changing event. It is also one of the most common injuries seen by the American Academy for Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons. The most important and useful tool in an orthopod’s arsenal to repair the knee is the arthroscopy, an invasive means to diagnose and repair damaged knees.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which a small camera is inserted into the knee joint, enabling surgeons to view the knee’s interior on a monitor for clear assessment of damages. The procedure’s efficacy continues to increase as technical advancements allow for the use of high definition monitors and high resolution cameras. Once a surgeon can clearly identify the problem, miniature surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions around the knee for repair.
The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year, making the procedure one of the leading answers to a patient’s knee problems. The procedure can last from 30 minutes to an hour, and many patients can return to physical activities within 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the original injury. Knee arthroscopy is most commonly used for the following:
· Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
· Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
· Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
· Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
· Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
If you have suffered from a knee injury related to a fall down accident, car accident, motorcycle accident or work related injury which has impaired your ability to live your day-to-day life, you should call a Philadelphia personal injury attorney who can look into your case and can explain your rights to compensation.