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Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy involves a surgeon making a small incision in your knee and irrigating and removing loose pieces of cartilage. In the arthritic knee, there is a very limited role for an arthroscopy. Results of a “clean out” or a “wash out” are unpredictable at best and should be avoided.

There are some occasional clinical scenarios where an arthroscopy in the presence of arthritis may be considered:

  • known or suspected septic arthritis
  • symptomatic non-repairable meniscal tears after failure of an appropriate trial of a structured rehabilitation program
  • symptomatic loose bodies
  • surgeon assessed locked or locking knees
  • traumatic or atraumatic meniscal tears that require repair
  • inflammatory arthropathy requiring synovectomy
  • synovial pathology requiring biopsy or resection
  • as an adjunct to, and in combination with, other surgical procedures as appropriate for osteoarthritis: for example high tibial osteotomy and patello-femoral realignment
  • diagnostic arthroscopy when the diagnosis is unclear on MRI or MRI is not possible, and the symptoms are not of osteoarthritis

What about degenerative and atraumatic meniscal tears?

How do you treat degenerative meniscal tears?

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