Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that offers orthopedic surgeons the ability to access, navigate, and operate on the knee joint through very small incisions. The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group is pleased to offer arthroscopic surgery for the knee.

What is Knee Arthroscopy?


Arthroscopic surgery of the knee (or knee scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the knee joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, often negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).

What Knee Conditions Can Be Treated Arthroscopically?


Knee arthroscopy can be used to determine the cause of knee pain (diagnostic arthroscopy), but many knee conditions and injuries can also be treated arthroscopically, including:

  • Meniscus Tears / Meniscal Transplants
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Loose Bodies in the Knee
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
  • Bone Spurs
  • Knee Infections
  • Synovial Inflammation / Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS)
  • Knee Fractures
  • Excess Scar Tissue Restricting Movement / Arthrofibrosis
  • Cartilage Wear

Please note: arthroscopic surgery can also be used in combination with open surgery for some procedures.