Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used in the treatment of sports medicine injuries. It involves the use of a fiber-optic camera, which we place into a joint through a small incision in order to visualize ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissue. Through another small incision, we can then use small instruments to remove or repair broken or damaged tissue.
Arthroscopy of the knee with a partial meniscectomy is performed for patients who have a meniscus tear that is not repairable. These patients have usually undergone physical therapy and conservative treatment without resolution of symptoms. It is very rare to remove the entire meniscus, as this will predispose patients for early cartilage wear. Therefore, a partial meniscectomy is performed where only the damaged or torn part of the meniscus is removed.