If you have knee pain due to cartilage damage or other reasons, knee arthroscopy surgery at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, may be the answer. Expert orthopaedic surgeon Michael Russonella, DO, can remove the damaged knee tissue causing you pain in a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure to help you get back to your regular routine. Book online or by phone now.
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that helps with a wide range of knee problems. Some of the issues that a knee arthroscopy can help with include:
In many cases, Dr. Russonella can make a diagnosis and repair damage during the same surgery.
While you're under anesthesia, Dr. Russonella creates several tiny incisions around your knee. He injects a small amount of saline (sterilized salt water) to enhance visibility within the joint.
Dr. Russonella places the arthroscope, a lighted miniature camera, into the main incision, and then inspects the other incisions with small surgical instruments. He performs the surgery while watching the camera feed on a high-definition monitor.
Finally, Dr. Russonella suctions the saline from your knee and uses small sutures or bandages to close the incisions.
After knee arthroscopy, you'll typically return home a few hours after your procedure. It is best to have a loved one drive you home, and then stay with you for at least a night in case you need any extra help getting around. Your exact recovery time depends on what kind of procedure Dr. Russonella performed during your knee arthroscopy, but in general, your recovery will be much shorter and easier than it would be with open large-incision surgery.
During the recovery period, keep your leg elevated while you sleep and whenever you're resting, as this can help keep pain and swelling down. Use your prescription medication as needed, and apply ice packs to help with swelling and pain.
Physical therapy at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute is a very important component of your knee arthroscopy recovery. During physical therapy, you'll grow stronger, and learn how to move your knee safely. You'll also do prescribed exercises at home. Be sure to keep these up every day so you can rebuild strength and regain normal range of motion more quickly.
Book online or call the North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute office today to schedule your knee arthroscopy consultation.