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Minimally Invasive Alternative For Full Knee Replacement

The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists are proud to be their California patients’ knee arthroscopy surgeons for those suffering from injury or arthritis who want a more minimally invasive alternative to full knee replacement surgery.


Did you know that the knee is not only the largest joint in our body, but also one of the most complex? It is what we call a ‘synovial joint’, meaning “lined with ‘synovium’”, which is what produces the fluid that lubricates and nourishes the inside of the joint. When the smooth surfaces at the end of the femur and tibia (articular cartilage) are damaged, we experience that painful side effect, arthritis.

Knee Arthroscopy (the latter being a term that, at its Greek origin, literally translates as “to look within the joint”) is a process that orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and treat problems present within a joint. Because the arthroscope (a small camera) and surgical instruments used in this procedure are very thin, our team can use small incisions to access the knee joint.This is often seen as a welcome change from the larger incisions needed for a typical open surgery. The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists understand how knee injuries and pain can impact your ability to live life on your terms and at your speed and pride themselves on being their California patients’ knee arthroscopy surgeons.

Sacramento Knee Arthroscopy model running


Arthroscopy has been in practice for almost 50 years, allowing the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from surgery easier and faster than anyone previously thought it could be. As a minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical procedure performed for knee joint problems, it is performed using an instrument the size of a pencil, called an arthroscope.

This arthroscope consists of a light system and a camera that projects images of your surgical site onto a computer screen so that your surgeons can clearly view the treatment areas.This is done via tiny 5mm incisions being made, just large enough for the instruments to be inserted under the skin, allowing the surgeons to view your joints and perform the necessary work on your knee’s connective tissue.


Knee arthroscopy surgery is ideal for treating a wide spectrum of knee injuries, including:

  • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments
  • Torn meniscus
  • Dislocated patella
  • Treating cartilage damage

If you are afflicted with any of the above or think you may be, visit the Sacramento Knee Arthroscopy experts at Summit Orthopedic Specialists, where we will be happy to review your situation and make sure you are provided with as much information as possible.

Sacramento Knee Arthroscopy model wearing a knee brace


Not only can arthroscopy allow surgeons to diagnose several knee problems, but it can also be used to repair the ligament of the knee joint. With limited risks to the procedure, and because of its minimally invasive nature, recovery times are minimized as well – smaller incisions and more tolerable techniques allow for lessened hospitalization times.


Prior to scheduling the procedure, our doctors will review your complete medical history, perform a physical examination (including X-rays), an electrocardiogram, and likely involve meeting with a physical therapist to discuss the rehabilitation process after the surgery.

Knee arthroscopy surgery is performed in a hospital operating room under general anesthetic. Upon beginning the procedure, our surgeon will make two small incisions, roughly ¼” in size, around the joint area, to allow the arthroscope to be inserted to view the knee joint. Fluid continues to flow through the arthroscope in order to keep the view clear and to control any bleeding.

Using the arthroscope to guide their way, our surgeon can look for any anomalies to determine the extent of the injury, allowing them to know how to proceed in the surgery. Once they are able to identify the problem, they can then insert through separate incisions specialized instruments used to shave, cut, grasp, tie knots or pass sutures. After the procedure is completed, the incisions will be closed with stitches or steri-strips, and then cover this area with a large, soft bandage.


Because knee arthroscopy is so much less traumatic to your muscles, ligaments, and tissues than the traditional method of surgically opening the knee, recovery times for knee arthroscopy procedures are much shorter than one would experience through open surgery, like total knee replacement surgery.

However, it may still take several weeks to months to fully recover from Knee Arthroscopy. There will be some pain and discomfort for several weeks after surgery, though ice will help to relieve some of the pain and swelling – medication may also be prescribed. Swelling in the knee is completely normal, and bandages can be removed as directed by your doctor. You will even be able to return to driving whenever you are comfortable unless otherwise instructed.

Sacramento Knee Arthroscopy model exercising


The best results will come from actively participating in physical therapy after your procedure and throughout the healing process. When compared to a large incision or open surgery, knee arthroscopy carries other advantages as well, such as less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery.

You will even be able to go home on the same day after the operation for recovery. The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists will be able to recommend exercises that will help you increase muscle strength and physical fitness without risking injury to your knee.


When you are a patient of Summit Orthopedic Specialists, you will have access to some of the region’s most skilled orthopedic surgeons and other specialists. Our board-certified team of orthopedic surgeons in Sacramento work with the latest techniques in traditional, arthroscopic, and computer-assisted surgery. Contact us today to set up a consultation so that we can work together towards getting you back to living your adventures!

6620 Coyle Avenue, Ste 303, Carmichael, CA 95608

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