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What is the procedure?

This procedure consists of several small incisions around the knee to allow for utilization of a small camera to directly visualize the inside of the knee and observation of how the patella tracks within the trochlea through knee range of motion. It is also possible to see if there is any cartilage damage on the patella or trochlea as well as visualize the rest of the knee including the ACL and menisci.

How long will I stay in the hospital?

This surgery is typically done as ambulatory surgery, meaning you will go home the same day of surgery.

What are the possible risks and complications of surgery?

While very rare, as with any surgery there is a risk of DVT, nerve damage, and postoperative infection. Recurrent or persistent instability can also occur as well as post operative stiffness or inability to regain your full knee range of motion.

When can I drive?

You may not drive while taking pain medication. In addition, if it is your right knee that had surgery, you will not be able to drive for approximately 2-4 weeks after surgery. You must have approval from your surgeon before starting to drive after surgery.

When will I be back to all normal activities?

This typically is around 2-3 months after surgery. You will be allowed to begin biking without resistance once you have adequate range of motion and will begin this with your physical therapist, typically 2-3 weeks after surgery.  Once adequate quad strength is demonstrated you will transition to the Elliptical, then to running, and then to more specific activity if desired. Please see Physical Therapy for more information on this condition.