Recent advances have made arthroscopy an effective tool for correcting many knee problems. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.
Knee arthroscopy is most commonly used for:
- Removing or repairing torn meniscal cartilage
- Reconstructing a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Trimming torn pieces of articular cartilage
- Removing loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Removing inflamed synovial tissue
Recovery from knee arthroscopy is much faster than recovery from traditional open knee surgery. Unless you’ve had a ligament reconstruction, you should be able to return to most physical activities after six to eight weeks, maybe even sooner.