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Knee Joint Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical manipulation that allows to obtain the accurate diagnosis of knee diseases, to examine the real-time examination of the intra-articular structures, if necessary to carry out the joint capsule biopsy, and a variety of the therapeutic surgical manipulations in the knee cavity.


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Arthroscopy of the knee joint helps

  • to specify the diagnosis;

  • to take material for research;

  • to resolve the issue of the necessity and method for the surgery;

  • to determine the exact location of the pathological focus.


What are the indications for arthroscopy of the knee joint?


All indications for arthroscopy of the knee joint can be divided into two groups: diagnosis and treatment of the articular pathology.


Indications for arthroscopy are:

  • diagnosis of the knee articular pathology - traumatic, degenerative-dystrophic, inflammatory, autoimmune, rheumatological one;

  • the necessity for biopsy of the joint capsule;

  • traumatic damages in the knee menisci;

  • injuries of the intra-articular ligament, especially of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments;

  • arthroscopic sanitation of the knee - elimination of pus, blood, serous effusion from the joint cavity and introduction of antiseptics and antibiotics to eliminate the inflammation;

  • diagnosis and treatment of the deforming osteoarthritis of the knee joint;

  • treatment of the recurrent dislocation of the patella;

  • elimination of the free bodies from the joint cavity, for example, bone fragments in fractures, of the osteophytes, blood clots, which can cause acute blockade of the knee joint;

  • excision of the damaged areas in the hyaline cartilage;

  • diagnosis and treatment of the intra-articular fractures of the bones;

  • restoration of the joint function in rheumatoid arthritis;

  • diagnosis of tumors of the knee joint.

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What are the contraindications of arthroscopy?
  • Contraindications to anesthesia. For example, a severe general state of the patient or intolerance to certain anesthetics due to the allergies.

  • Acute and chronic diseases of the knee joint. And also exacerbation of inflammatory phenomena in the knee joint.

  • Adhesive process in the joint cavity.

  • Contracture of the joint. Limitation of its mobility due to the muscle spasm, sclerosis of ligaments, etc.

  • Bone and pseudo ankylosis

  • Infected wound.

  • Purulent inflammation in the tissues around the joint, the joint can be infected at that.

  • The general severe state of the patient, when any surgical interventions are contraindicated.

  • Extensive damage, when the ligaments and articular capsule are broken, the joint tightness is broken. Because of this, the surgeon will not be able to stretch the articular cavity with the liquid so that it can be properly examined.

  • Massive hemorrhage to the joint, continuing bleeding. Blood in the joint cavity does not allow to examine the intra-articular structures.

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Planning the arthroscopic surgery

Despite the minimal traumatism for the body, the arthroscopic surgery on the knee joint requires preparation, as it relates to the surgical interventions, albeit the insignificant ones.

The patient submits all necessary tests, consults the highly specialized doctor and obtains some types of examination. All this happens, as a rule, on an outpatient basis. Sometimes, on request of the patient, they can be hospitalized some 1-2 days before the surgery for the preoperative diagnosis. By the consultation the patient should have the results of an X-ray and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the knee joint.

Preparation for arthroscopy obligatory includes:

  • blood and urine tests, coagulogram (blood coagulability studies);

  • chest x-ray;

  • electrocardiography;

  • consultation with the therapist;

  • consultation with the anesthesiologist;

  • the whole complex of the diagnostic examinations related to the main pathology.


Steps of the Operation


As a rule, the duration of arthroscopy does not exceed 1 hour, but everything depends on the purpose of the procedure. Anesthesia can be of two types: spinal (epidural) anesthesia is used more often; sometimes it can be general anesthesia.

After treating the skin with an antiseptic, a small incision is made and an arthroscope is inserted into it. Then a special sterile liquid is injected to make the joint swell, and all its structural parts become better visible in the arthroscope. After an accurate detection of the problem, separate small incisions are made for the surgical instruments with which the surgery is performed.

The following surgery types are performed on the knee joint:

  • resection of the meniscus

  • stitching the meniscus

  • removal of the meniscus cyst

  • anterior cruciate ligament plasty

  • posterior cruciate ligament plasty

  • revision plasty of the anterior cruciate ligament

  • revision plasty of the posterior cruciate ligament

  • medial collateral ligament plasty

  • lateral collateral ligament plasty

  • removal of free chondromic bodies

  • resection of the damaged cartilage (shaving / ablation)

  • microfracturing (tunneling) of the damaged cartilage area

  • re-fixation of the cartilage at fibering osteochondritis

  • cartilage autotransplantation (OATS)

  • surgery at the recurrent patellar dislocation: lateral capsule release, Yamamoto surgery, medial capsuloraphy, reconstruction of MPFL, transposition of tuberosity of the tibia.

  • osteosynthesis with intra-articular fractures of the femur and tibia

  • arthroscopic arthrolysis of the knee joint

After completion of all necessary manipulations in the joint cavity the fluid is pumped back, tools are removed, antiseptics and antibiotics are introduced into the joint cavity to prevent infection, and the incisions are closed with a large soft bandage over the sutures or with small striae patches.



Recovery and rehabilitation



Rehabilitation after the arthroscopy begins immediately after the surgery is over. A pressure bandage is applied on the knee to prevent hemorrhage into the joint cavity (hemarthrosis) and swelling, an elevated position for the limb to be provided, and the cold is applied locally. Duration of stay in the hospital is 1-2 days, if necessary, the painkillers to be prescribed during this period.

The patient is recommended some physical exercise under the supervision of a physiotherapist.

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