Wayne O. Alani, MD
Wayne O. Alani, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Sugarland, TX & Houston, TX
Many men and women with significant knee pain turn to Dr. Wayne O. Alani for help. His skill and experience with knee arthroscopy allow him to gain insight into what’s going on inside the knee joint, which helps him create customized treatment plans for residents of Sugar Land and Houston, Texas. Knee arthroscopy is a fine example of the way technology has revolutionized orthopedic care over the last few decades, and Dr. Alani is proud to offer this service through his practice. If you’re living with knee pain, schedule an appointment by phone or online today for a full diagnostic work-up.
Knee Arthroscopy Q & A
What is knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a specialized surgical procedure that offers physicians the chance to view the interior of the knee joint without an open surgical procedure. This approach allows Dr. Alani to assess the full scope of joint damage and create a customized plan of attack.
In many cases, Dr. Alani can make repairs during the initial arthroscopy procedure. Some of the knee issues treated through arthroscopy include:
- Meniscus tears
- Knee sepsis
- Removing inflamed synovial tissue
- Reconstructing a torn anterior cruciate ligament
- Removing bone or cartilage fragments
- Addressing patella issues
Is knee arthroscopy the only approach to common knee issues?
Dr. Alani is committed to pursuing the most conservative treatment path possible. He can treat many knee conditions through non-surgical means. Knee bracing, physical therapy, and medication are all effective treatment options for many knee conditions.
What are the benefits of knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is the best approach for repairing damage within your knee joint or removing loose bodies that create pain. As with all orthopedic treatment, Dr. Alani will discuss all available options and help you make an informed decision.
Arthroscopic surgery is a truly astounding technological development. Not so long ago, any surgical procedure meant a large incision, a high risk of infection, and lengthy recovery.
Arthroscopy revolutionized surgical care, offering surgeons the opportunity to gain access to the interior of the body using very small incisions and incredibly slim medical instruments to repair the damage.
What happens during knee arthroscopy?
As your procedure begins, a doctor will administer anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Your knee is cleaned, stabilized, and placed in an elevated position.
Dr. Alani makes several small incisions in your knee before injecting a sterile solution into the joint to improve visibility. He then guides the arthroscope, a very slender instrument fitted with a camera and light, into the joint.
During the procedure, Dr. Alani views your knee joint on a monitor. If he finds signs of joint damage, he can guide medical instruments into your knee using the additional incisions. Some instruments are designed for cutting, others for grasping, shaving, or anchoring stitches into bone tissue.
Once the repairs are complete, Dr. Alani removes the surgical tools and arthroscope. He closes the incisions with Steri-strips or a few incisions before covering your knee with a soft bandage. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour from start to finish.
If you have questions about knee arthroscopy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alani to discuss the procedure in more detail.