Arthroscopy of the knee
Arthroscopy of the knee or key hole surgery of the knee is done for cartilage tears or meniscal tears in the knee. Cartilage tear is either repaired or excised.
Arthroscopy is also indicated in early arthritis where a “cleaning & wash out” of the knee or arthroscopic debridement is done.
Other indications for arthroscopic surgery would be for ligament injuries, removal of loose bits of floating bone or cartilage, joint surface injuries when micro-fracture is performed.
Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions can be done but I no longer perform this procedure due to increased work load with joint replacements.