Arthroscopic knee surgery is a significant advancement in medical technology that has become a source of hope for those suffering from knee problems. This minimally invasive procedure offers a quick recovery, less pain, and a high success rate compared to traditional surgery.

If you are considering knee surgery, it is important to know more about the arthroscopic options. EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region knee experts are board-certified or board-eligible and fellowship-trained in arthroscopic knee surgery. They are skilled in the latest advancements in orthopedic treatments and are committed to the highest standard of care.

Understanding Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery on the knee is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat a range of knee conditions. This technique involves making small incisions and inserting a camera (arthroscope) into the knee joint. The highly detailed images provided by the arthroscope allow surgeons to assess and repair knee damage with precision. The goals of arthroscopic knee surgery are to reduce knee pain, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for patients.

Types of Knee Arthroscopic Surgery

This surgery is beneficial for individuals with knee injuries, such as athletes, as well as those with degenerative knee conditions. It is particularly advantageous for patients seeking a less invasive treatment option with a faster recovery time. Arthroscopic surgery is versatile, addressing various knee issues, including:

Meniscal Repairs

Meniscal tears are common knee injuries. Arthroscopic knee surgery can be used for partial meniscectomy (removal of a damaged meniscus), meniscus repair, or meniscus transplantation. This type of surgery is crucial for preserving knee functionality and preventing future arthritis.

Ligament Reconstruction

Torn ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), are often treated with arthroscopic surgery. Ligament reconstruction involves replacing the torn ligament with a graft to restore knee stability.

Synovial Tissue Removal

Synovial tissue is the soft tissue that covers the knee cavity and nearby tendons and helps reduce joint friction. In cases of inflamed synovial tissue, often due to conditions like arthritis, arthroscopic surgery can remove or trim this tissue, reducing pain and improving joint movement.

Cartilage Repair

Damaged articular cartilage, crucial for smooth joint movement, can be trimmed or reconstructed through arthroscopic knee surgery to alleviate pain and improve function.

Removal of Loose Fragments

Loose bone or cartilage fragments, resulting from conditions like synovial chondromatosis, can be removed with arthroscopic surgery to reduce pain and improve joint movement.

Patella Treatments

Problems with the kneecap (patella) such as misalignment or instability can be treated through arthroscopic surgery.

Recovery From Arthroscopic Surgery

An orthopedic surgeon is pointing at a patient’s knee X-ray on a computer screen.Recovery from arthroscopic surgery is generally quicker than traditional open surgery. The timeline varies depending on the type of procedure and the patient’s overall health. Typically, patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks. However, full recovery, especially for more complex procedures like ligament reconstruction, may take several months.

Physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery, helping patients regain strength and mobility. Patients are often encouraged to start moving their knee soon after surgery to prevent stiffness and speed up recovery. Pain management, including medications and icing, is also a critical aspect of post-surgery care.

Pros and Cons of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery


  • Minimally invasive with smaller incisions
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery time
  • High success rates


  • Not suitable for all knee problems
  • Risks associated with anesthesia and surgery
  • Potential for blood clots or infection

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery at EmergeOrtho

There are many benefits of having arthroscopic knee surgery with our EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region specialists:

Unmatched Expertise

Our team is not just proficient—they are leaders in the field of arthroscopic surgery. Each surgeon possesses extensive training and a profound understanding of knee mechanics, ensuring they are adept at tackling complex cases with precision and utmost care.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Our clinics boast the latest advancements in diagnostic and medical equipment. This technological superiority allows for surgeries that are not just successful but also meticulously executed, reducing risks and enhancing recovery.

Patient-Centered Care

EmergeOrtho adopts a no-nonsense, results-driven approach to patient care. This philosophy means every decision, from the initial consultation to the final stages of recovery, is focused solely on the most efficient and effective personalized treatment and recovery for each patient.

Reassuring Communication

Understanding the anxiety that accompanies surgery, our team maintains clear, direct, and reassuring communication. Patients are kept informed about every aspect of their procedure and recovery, ensuring they feel confident and secure in our care.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs

Post-surgery recovery at EmergeOrtho is tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Their rehabilitation programs are designed to expedite healing and return patients to their normal lives as swiftly and safely as possible.

Track Record of Success

Our knee surgeons’ history of successful surgeries speaks volumes. Their high patient satisfaction rates and the consistent achievement of desired surgical outcomes place them at the top of arthroscopic knee surgery providers.

Innovative Research and Development

We are not just practitioners of current methodologies; we develop future techniques. Our surgeons and physicians are deeply involved in ongoing research, constantly refining and innovating surgical practices to stay at the forefront of arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic knee surgery represents a significant advancement in treating knee conditions. Its minimally invasive approach offers an effective solution with a quicker recovery and less pain. Whether it is for a meniscal tear, ligament reconstruction, or any other knee issue, the arthroscopic method stands as a reliable, less invasive option for those seeking relief and a return to an active lifestyle.

If you are considering knee surgery, request an appointment today. We will help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

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