Treatment Options

When to choose arthroscopic
knee surgery

If you’ve tried medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment, and you’re still experiencing knee pain, your doctor may recommend knee arthroscopy.

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When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who have completed a residency in orthopaedics.
  • They must be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Many orthopaedic surgeons choose to specialize even further by taking a fellowship, which usually lasts six to 12 months.

In addition to the clinical credentials, a good surgeon will have good human credentials. That means showing concern for your pain, taking time to hear your concerns, and answering your questions fully.


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The performance of knee arthroscopy depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.

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