Modern medical techniques and technology make it possible to diagnose and treat conditions in the knee joint without a large incision, in an advanced technique called “knee arthroscopy.” At Nanoknee, we offer our patients the cutting-edge technology and an array of the least invasive procedures, including knee arthroscopy to diagnose and treat a range of painful knee conditions.
In diagnosing a knee condition, arthroscopy involves the use of a tiny camera, which is inserted through a small incision to access the knee joint structure. The tiny camera allows our knee surgeons to get a full view the interior of your knee joint on a monitor, and to diagnose your condition, without the need for a large incision. This is a superior method for diagnosis and much easier on you.
Once the condition is diagnosed, our knee surgeon can proceed to treat the condition with the same method, now employing small surgical tools and viewing progress of surgery on the monitor. This approach is very successful in treating an array of knee joint problems, including:
Our approach to knee surgery was developed to produce better results, faster, and with a shorter recovery time. The benefits of knee arthroscopy include:
If you are suffering from knee pain, whether chronic or acute, our surgeons may want to diagnose and treat your condition with knee arthroscopy. The first step is a full evaluation of your condition. When you come to Nanoknee, you can expect the most advanced technology and surgical techniques. You can take advantage of our state-of-the-art approach to knee surgeries, and suffer less pain, a faster recovery, and restored comfort and range of motion.
The process of knee arthroscopy starts with anesthesia. Most patients require only localized numbing prior to the procedure. You will have the opportunity to see the condition of your knee joint on the monitor, and our surgeon will explain the images, so you gain understanding about the source of your knee pain. Once your knee is numbed, a small incision will be made in your knee. A sterile saltwater solution is then pumped into the joint to expand it, so the structure can be more easily viewed. The tiny camera (arthroscope) is then inserted into the incision so the interior condition can be evaluated. The entire process usually takes about one hour, after which you can return home.
While the surgery is far less invasive than earlier knee surgery techniques, it is normal to experience some swelling. Get a friend or family member to drive you home and help you in the first 24 hours. Keep the knee and leg elevated and apply an ice pack to help reduce swelling. A follow-up appointment with our Nanoknee surgeon will take place within a day or two of your treatment. You will be given a set of exercises to help restore range of motion. If you carefully follow all aftercare instructions, recovery is swift, and you will be back to normal quickly.
You may require a knee brace in the early stages of recovery, so the structure is held stably in place to heal properly. Keeping weight off the joint is important, and you may need to use crutches for a few weeks after surgery to avoid pressure. The rehabilitation with exercises is typically a few weeks, and for more extensive knee repairs with arthroscopic surgery, may require up to three months of specialized exercises.
The cost of surgery can vary, based upon the extent of the procedure. As this is a procedure to resolve a health problem, health insurance companies routinely cover the cost; every person’s insurance plan is different. If you have any questions, our friendly administrative staff can assist you with these questions.
Our team of surgeons at Nanoknee are leaders and innovators in the field of joint surgery. We have developed several revolutionary procedures for total or partial knee replacement, and have focused our practice upon helping our patients restore mobility with the shortest possible recovery time, with long-lasting results.
We take a conservative approach as we feel this better serves our patients and may advise a non-surgical treatment as the first step. If your knee condition requires surgery, an arthroscopic approach is easier to experience, and leads to far less pain and a shorter recovery time. The goal is to get you back to your normal life, with your knee functioning as it should, problem solved.
With the Nanoknee arthroscopic approach, we can quickly diagnose and treat many knee conditions, and get you back into the game – and your life – in less time, with less pain, and better results.
Mi-Eye is the revolutionary alternative to a traditional MRI.
Mi-eye is FDA cleared for use in diagnostic and operative arthroscopic procedures, with the use of a disposable optical needle and fully integrated camera that allows an orthopedic doctor to immediately diagnose patient joint injuries in office after viewing the images on a handheld tablet. Not only is this useful for diagnosis, but because the needle also has a fully integrated lumen, the physician may also provide pain medication to the area using the same device.
Minimally invasive knee surgery in Los Angeles.