Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Mehling Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Hackensack, NJ & West Islip, NY

Because of advancements in surgical tools and techniques, minimally invasive arthroscopic measures are often the preferred solution for most types of knee repairs. You can schedule an arthroscopic knee surgery evaluation with top-ranked board-certified orthopedic surgeons Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, of Mehling Orthopedics to see if this type of procedure is right for you. With clinic locations in Hackensack, New Jersey, as well as West Islip and Midtown, New York, you have a convenient state-of-the-art office nearby. Schedule an appointment online or call your nearest office for more information.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Q & A

Why do I need arthroscopic knee surgery?

Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive way to correct many types of knee ailments. You may be a candidate for arthroscopic knee surgery if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Arthritic deterioration
  • Misaligned kneecap
  • Swollen synovium
  • Torn meniscus
  • Broken bones
  • Cysts

Sometimes, arthroscopic knee surgery is part of your diagnostic process. For instance, if you have chronic pain or limited range of motion and imaging tests aren’t clearly showing the cause, you can undergo a diagnostic arthroscopic procedure to find the cause. In many cases, it’s even possible to make repairs during your diagnostic knee arthroscopy.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery?

During surgery, your orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit, makes a few small incisions, one for the arthroscope and others for the thin surgical tools. They can make all essential repairs by viewing a live feed on a monitor and maneuvering the surgical tools as needed. Performing knee surgeries arthroscopically is beneficial because it

  • Reduces the risk of error
  • Shortens your recovery time
  • Lowers your risk of bleeding
  • Results in faster healing surgical wounds
  • Can often be performed under regional or local anesthesia

Since you have fewer incisions with arthroscopic knee surgery, fewer connective tissues need to be moved around. This can result in less postoperative pain and discomfort.

In most cases, your arthroscopic knee surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. As soon as you recover from your anesthesia, you can return home.

How long is the recovery after arthroscopic knee surgery?

You should follow Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit’s instructions regarding postoperative care. It can take up to a week or more, depending on your surgery, until you’re able to bear weight on the treated knee. You’re probably going to be in a knee brace and on crutches until you’re cleared to walk without assistance, which could take up to about three to four weeks.

To promote blood flow and restore range of motion, you could be in physical therapy for several months. But in most cases, you can return to many of your activities and job functions within about six to eight weeks. If you need a more complex repair, such as a tissue graft for an ACL rupture, your recovery time is likely going to be even longer.

In any case, at Mehling Orthopedics, Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit have you check in regularly to ensure you’re progressing healthfully after your arthroscopic knee surgery. They design your rehabilitative care plan, so you can return to 100% as quickly as possible.  

Book your arthroscopic knee surgery consultation at Mehling Orthopedics today. You can conveniently book an exam online or over the phone with your closest clinic location.