Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Arthroscopy Ideal for Minor Knee Procedures

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Arthroscopy Ideal for Minor Knee Procedures

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Dear Doctor K: I'm a lifelong runner with severe knee pain. I hate the thought of surgery, but hear it's not such a big deal these days, using arthroscopy. How do I know if I'm a good candidate for it?

Dear Reader: The first advantage of arthroscopy is that the doctor needs to make only a small hole to insert the arthroscope and get a good view of the inside of the knee. In the past, a much larger cut was needed for the surgeon to see what was wrong.

The second advantage of arthroscopy is that if surgical repair is necessary, the doctor can perform the surgery by placing tiny surgical instruments inside the knee and watching the images on the video monitor. He or she can locate and remove torn cartilage, debris and loose material from the joint. …

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