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Knee arthroscopy - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Injury to the ligaments of the knee are common sports-related injuries.

Arthroscopy, which involves the use of a small camera and small instruments on the end of long narrow tubes, introduced into the knee through small incisions, may be recommended for knee problems such as:

  • A torn knee disc (meniscus)
  • A damaged knee bone (patella)
  • A damaged ligament
  • Inflamed or damaged lining of the joint (synovium)

Review Date 3/9/2017

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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