Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jupiter, FL

For restoration of the knee joint or removal of damaged tissues, arthroscopic knee surgery is a beneficial option. Dr. Van Sice assists Palm County Florida based patients with knee condition by utilizing minimally invasive techniques from his practice in Jupiter, FL.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is arthroscopic knee surgery?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint where a surgeon uses an arthroscope to view the joint on a screen. An arthroscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end which is inserted into a joint during surgery. The arthroscope’s image is the displayed on television, which allows the surgeon to see the joint and what he is doing, without having to open the knee fully. Arthroscopy is used to repair or remove damaged tissue by maneuvering small surgical instruments inserted through incisions made in the knee. The surgery is typically used for:

  • Extraction of loose bone or cartilage pieces
  • Trimming of damaged fragments of articular cartilage
  • Reconstruction of a damaged ACL or anterior cruciate ligament
  • Repair or extraction of torn meniscal cartilage
  • Extraction of swollen synovial tissue

What happens before surgery?

A physical exam is usually performed prior to the operation. This is done to evaluate the health of the person and uncover any concerns which could cause difficulties during surgery. The surgeon will have to be told about any medications or supplements which are currently being taken. Certain medications must be avoided before surgery. Additionally, preoperative tests can be ordered such as a blood test or an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

What happens during the procedure?

Initially, the surgeon will make a few small incisions in the knee, and a sterile solution will rinse and fill the knee joint. This helps the surgeon to observe the knee clearly and in detail. The surgeon can properly diagnose the issue by studying the knee joint. An arthroscope will be inserted and the picture projected on a TV to direct his actions. The doctor will then insert specially designed instruments through small incisions and perform the repairs or removals. These instruments can include scissors, motorized shavers, or lasers. The procedure usually lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. It can take more time depending on the damage. Once the repairs or removal is accomplished, the surgeon will suture the incisions with either a stitch or a sterile strip. Then these will be protected with a bandage.

Insurance

At Jupiter Orthopedic we accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans. If you do not see your insurance listed, please call our office to see how we can help. Patient financing available through CareCredit. We accept Health Savings Account (HSA) credit cards, American Express, Mastercard and Visa as methods of payments. **Self-pay packages are available.

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