About Knee Arthroscopy

If you have a painful knee condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options including rest, physical therapy and medications or injections to reduce pain and inflammation, knee arthroscopic surgery may be an option. Knee arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms accompanied with conditions that damage the cartilage surfaces and other soft tissues surrounding the joint. Arthroscopic surgery is considered to be minimally invasive with a shorter recovery time for patients. Our orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine providers work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind with a team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery at UT Health Austin

Upon evaluation of your knee, your medical provider will discuss whether knee arthroscopy surgery is the best method for diagnosing and possibly correcting your injury or condition. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect from the procedure and recovery process. Knee arthroscopy allows your physician to view the knee joint without making a large incision. A small camera is inserted to view the joint and diagnose your condition if surgical correction is needed, small instruments will be inserted to complete the procedure. Recovery from knee arthroscopy is faster than traditional open knee surgery and patients do tend to see a reduction in pain and improvement in function.

Common arthroscopic procedures for the knee include:

  • Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
  • Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
  • Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
  • Trimming of damaged articular cartilage
  • Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems
  • Treatment of knee sepsis (infection)

About the Musculoskeletal Institute

The Musculoskeletal Institute at UT Health Austin works to improve the overall health of every patient. Whether you are suffering from chronic joint pain or an injury, our doctor-led care teams work to find treatment goals to fit your lifestyle. We understand that improving your quality of life is important to you, which is why our team will work with you to personalize your treatment plan. For some patients, your goal may be to set a personal record when you run your next marathon. For others, it may be to comfortably play with your grandkids at the park. Whatever your goals, we’ll work with you to achieve them.