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Knee injuries and conditions that cause pain can make it extremely difficult to complete your normal daily activities and unfortunately, sometimes conservative treatment methods aren’t enough to relieve pain. If this is the case for you, knee arthroscopic surgery may be necessary. Whether your knee pain is the result of a sports-related injury or a chronic medical condition, Mark Miller, MD is here to help. Our orthopedic surgeons can determine if knee surgery is right for you — make an appointment with Mark Miller, MD today!
Why Choose Our Chesterfield Orthopedic Surgeons
With years of training and knowledge, Dr. Mark Miller is a leading knee orthopedic surgeon in the St. Louis area. He has managed countless patients’ knee problems from common to complex. You can have peace of mind knowing that your knee surgery is being performed by a skilled orthopedic surgeon that is highly experienced in knee arthroscopy.
What is Knee Arthroscopy?
The arthroscope is a fiber-optic instrument (narrower than a pen) that is put into the knee joint through two small incisions. A camera is attached to the arthroscope, and the image is viewed on a TV monitor. The arthroscope allows the surgeon to fully evaluate the entire knee joint, including the knee (patella), the cartilage surfaces, the meniscus, the ligaments (ACL & PCL), and the joint lining. Small instruments ranging from 3-5 millimeters in size are inserted through the incisions to enable the surgeon to feel the joint structures for any damage, diagnose the injury, and then repair, reconstruct, or remove the damaged tissue. Before the development of arthroscopy, large incisions had to be made over the knee joint to treat or diagnose injuries. Today’s arthroscopic techniques allow more complete evaluations of the knee joint while accelerating the rehabilitation process.
To learn more, read our knee arthroscopy FAQs.
Different Types of Knee Surgery
You can injure your knee by playing sports or performing manual labor; you can even sustain a knee injury simply by repetitive movement. Knee arthroscopy allows the surgeon to view the inside of the knee joint and perform a variety of surgeries, for example on the ACL and meniscus. Procedures range from minimally invasive options to open surgeries.
Types of knee surgery procedures include:
- Complete evaluation of the joint (diagnostic arthroscopy)
- Removal of damaged or torn cartilage (partial meniscectomy)
- Repair of torn cartilage (meniscus repair)
- Smoothing of damage to the cartilage surface in arthritis (chondroplasty)
- Realignment of the patella in patellar mal-tracking (lateral release)
- Removal of joint lining (synovectomy)
- Replacement of articular cartilage (cartilage transplant)
To learn more, read our FAQs.
Signs You Need Knee Surgery
For smaller knee issues, conservative care can be extremely beneficial. We will attempt nonsurgical knee pain treatment options (such as physical therapy exercises, stretching, icing techniques, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications) first before recommending surgery; however, in some cases, knee arthroscopic surgery may be necessary. If that is the case, you can have peace of mind knowing that your knee surgery is being performed by Dr. Miller who is a skilled orthopedic surgeon that is highly experienced in knee arthroscopy.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, especially if the knee pain does not get better with rest, medication, or other conservative treatment methods, contact us for an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon.
- Signs of redness
- Knee numbness
- Knee locks up
- Unable to straighten the knee
- Weight-bearing on the knee causes pain
- Pain when walking
- Pain on the sides of the knees
- Popping sound or snapping
- Sensation of bone on bone rubbing