Knee Arthroscopy Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to potentially damaging open surgery. At his practice in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Tim Kavanaugh, MD, and his team use knee arthroscopy to repair damage and restore function to your joint. To find out if knee arthroscopy is right for you, call Dr. Kavanaugh’s office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Knee Arthroscopy Q&A

What is knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves accessing your knee through keyhole-sized incisions. During the procedure, Dr. Kavanaugh inserts an arthroscope — a device with an attached digital camera — to view the inside of your knee without creating large incisions. 

Compared to more invasive procedures, knee arthroscopy is a safe, effective approach to remove or repair damaged structures within your knee. The procedure typically results in less pain, swelling, and blood loss than open surgery. With smaller incisions, arthroscopy also lowers your risk of infection.

What can knee arthroscopy treat?

Dr. Kavanaugh may recommend knee arthroscopy if you continue to experience pain, stiffness, and poor mobility after trying more conservative treatments, like activity modification and physical therapy. 

Knee arthroscopy is a highly effective treatment to:

  • Repair a damaged kneecap
  • Treat a torn meniscus
  • Remove swollen synovial tissue
  • Treat knee infections
  • Remove broken fragments of cartilage or bone
  • Extract pieces of articular cartilage
  • Repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

After a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a physical exam, medical history review, and imaging tests, Dr. Kavanaugh and his team determine if you’re a good candidate for knee arthroscopy. 

What happens during knee arthroscopy?

When you arrive for knee arthroscopy, Dr. Kavanaugh and his team administer anesthesia before cleaning your surgical site. Next, they use a special device to stabilize your knee during surgery.

After making a few small incisions in your knee, Dr. Kavanaugh fills the joint with a sterile solution to clear away any fluid that might obstruct his view of your knee. Finally, he uses special surgical instruments to repair damage to your knee without damaging the surrounding healthy structures.

What happens after knee arthroscopy?

Since knee arthroscopy is minimally invasive, you should be able to return home within a couple of hours of your procedure. Anti-inflammatory medication and elevation can help minimize swelling while you recover. To help you move around, Dr. Kavanaugh may recommend crutches.

Practicing rehabilitative exercises and stretches after surgery is essential to restore function and mobility to your knee. By following a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, you should be able to resume your normal activities within 6-8 weeks of treatment.

To learn more about knee arthroscopy, call Tim Kavanaugh, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.