Arthroscopic Arthrolysis

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Stiffness or restricted movements in the knee can occur after injury, after surgery, or due to arthritis or congenital conditions. If the stiffness is because of scarring inside the joint, then the tough scar tissue is removed through arthroscopic surgery. This is called arthroscopic adhesiolysis or arthrolysis, where all the empty pockets in the joint cavity (supra-patellar and para-patellar gutters, intercondylar notch, etc.) are cleared of scar tissue to restore the pliability and flexibility of the joint. If the tight tissues are outside the joint (extra-articular), then they are released by open surgery to restore flexibility