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Other Knee Surgeries and Treatments

Your knees provide support for your body and help you walk, run, jump and stay active. HonorHealth surgeons can help you achieve more mobility through a variety of knee surgeries and treatments.

Before surgery, your doctor will ensure that you have a realistic understanding of surgical risks and potential complications.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Done on an outpatient basis, arthroscopic surgery uses a tiny camera to see inside your knee. Small cuts are made to insert the camera, and small surgical tools are used for the procedure.

  • Meniscus surgeries: The meniscus is a disk-shaped piece of cartilage in your knee that protects the joint. The meniscus distributes weight, provides lubrication to the knee joint and stabilizes the knee. Options for treatment include:
    • Meniscus transplant.
    • Torn meniscus surgery.
    • Torn meniscus trimming.
    • A variety of other cartilage surgeries.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries: This ligament crosses from the femur (the thigh bone) underside to the tibia (shin bone) topside. It is one of four ligaments that helps maintain knee stability.
  • Loose body removal: This procedure removes loose tissues, torn cartilage or bone fragments that float around the knee joint and cause pain, swelling and locking.
  • Patella realignment surgery: With heavy stress from running and jumping, it's possible for the kneecap to fall out of alignment, putting abnormal pressure on surrounding cartilage around the front of the knee. During this surgery, part of a retinaculum is cut, releasing the kneecap back to its normal position.

What Happens After Surgery?

Arthroscopic knee surgery has a 90 percent success rate. Your recovery and success depend on several factors:

  • The complexity of the injury.
  • Your age.
  • Time since injury.
  • Presence of arthritis.
  • Participation in rehabilitation.

There are risks with surgery that include anesthesia-related complications, infection, chronic stiffness and the need to operate again.