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How is arthroscopic surgery done to treat knee osteoarthritis?

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In this type of surgery, the surgeon inserts a thin tube with a tiny camera on the end through a small opening in your skin to view the inside of your knee. The surgeon can then remove damaged cartilage -- the smooth covering that protects the bones in the joint. Your knee can be cleaned or flushed to remove loose bone or cartilage pieces that may be causing pain. Most people can get back to their usual activities a few days later.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?”

Arthritis Foundation: “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?”

Arthritis Foundation: “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

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