Knee Arthroscopy Specialist

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Gary, IN

As orthopedic surgical specialists with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana, Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Vineet P. Shah, and Dr. Judson Wood, Jr have the extensive training necessary to do complex routines like an arthroscopy knee surgery. Arthroscopy is a specialized procedure that utilizes state of the art technology to diagnose and treat knee damage. Using the arthroscope allows them to help patients regain full use of one or both knees without incurring complications like blood clots or excessive bleeding.

Knee Arthroscopy Q & A

What is knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that allows physicians such as Dr. Jones or Dr. Shah to see inside the knee joint without making a large incision. Dr. Wood and his colleagues go through specialized training to learn to use the equipment required for this surgery safely and efficiently.

During the procedure, a small camera goes into the knee joint to provide a close-up view of the structures. The camera, or arthroscope, feeds directly to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon and staff at the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center real time views of the joint. At the end of the arthroscope are delicate surgical instruments to allow for immediate repairs when necessary. The arthroscope and tiny surgical tools used with it need precision handling, which is why they require a specialist in the field.

What are some common knee problems?

The knee is the largest joint in the body and it comes with a complex support network that ensures it opens and closes properly. The design of this hinge joint allows it to move in many directions, too. It can bend to allow a person to sit or walk, but it can also hyperextend in the other direction and even rotate. This flexibility puts it at risk for trauma.

Some common knee injuries and diseases include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Trauma to the posterior cruciate ligament
  • Meniscus tears
  • Tendon tears

Are all these injuries repairable with knee arthroscopy?

It's up to Drs. Jones, Shah, or Wood to determine if a knee is repairable via this minimally-invasive method, but some common repairs that they do this way include:

  • Removal or repair of the meniscus
  • Reconstruction of a torn ACL
  • Trimming of cartilage
  • Removal of damaged synovial tissue
  • Removal of bone fragments
  • Treatment of knee sepsis
  • Treatment of kneecap damage

There’s usually an outpatient procedure done right at one of the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center locations and may just require a local anesthetic, although a general anesthetic may be available, as well. The care staff and Drs. Jones, Shah, or Wood will decide which option to use.