Whether you’ve injured your knee playing sports or you struggle with the stiffness and pain of arthritis, you can have minimally invasive surgery to repair the problem thanks to knee arthroscopy. At Kane Orthopedic Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii, Thomas Kane, III, MD, is a fellowship-trained joint surgeon with expertise in knee arthroscopy. Dr. Kane provides treatment before and after your arthroscopy, managing your rehabilitation and ensuring that you regain optimal strength and mobility. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking form.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to examine the inside of your knee joint, diagnose the condition causing your symptoms, and surgically repair the problem. During your procedure, Dr. Kane uses a surgical tool called an arthroscope.
Arthroscopes are slim so they’re easily inserted into the joint with a very small incision. The scope contains fiber optic lighting and a high-definition camera that sends a magnified view of the joint to a monitor.
The excellent image from the arthroscope allows Dr. Kane to evaluate the structures inside your joint, even visualizing movement to see if the knee joint is working properly. When you have a condition that needs repair, Dr. Kane does the surgery using small surgical tools that are inserted through additional small incisions.
Dr. Kane may recommend knee arthroscopy following an injury or if you have chronic pain that doesn’t improve with nonsurgical therapies.
Knee conditions that may need an arthroscopic procedure include:
During knee arthroscopy, Dr. Kane can perform a wide range of surgical procedures, including reconstructing ligaments, repairing damaged tissues, realigning your kneecap, and smoothing damaged surfaces.
Open surgery requires a long incision that cuts through all the underlying tissues and causes significant trauma. By comparison, the small incisions made during arthroscopic surgery reduce the trauma, spare your muscles and speed your recovery.
Arthroscopic procedures offer health benefits such as:
Dr. Kane often performs knee arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. When you’re discharged, you receive detailed instructions about when you can start to use the joint. Following arthroscopy, you’ll start physical therapy and engage in therapeutic exercises that restore movement, strengthen muscles, and promote a faster, healthier recovery.
Most patients get back to their normal activities in 2-4 weeks after their knee arthroscopy. However, Dr. Kane may ask you to avoid high-impact activities for longer than eight weeks, and if you had ligament reconstruction, you may need extra time to fully heal.
To learn more about knee arthroscopy or to schedule an appointment, call Kane Orthopedic Institute or use the online booking form.