What is knee arthroscopy lysis of adhesions (LOA)?
Knee arthroscopy lysis of adhesions is a minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions and surgical tools to remove scar tissue and tightness in the knee. Lysis of adhesions involves cutting bands of abnormal tissue called adhesions. Scar tissue can form in the knee joint after an injury or prior surgery. Severe cases of scar tissue formation can lead to the development of arthrofibrosis (global knee scarring). Soft tissue adhesion and scar tissue can restrict movement in the joint, cause pain, and limit range of motion. The goal of lysis of adhesions is to restore near normal knee function and kinematics by removed all abnormal soft tissue connections and scar tissue. A deep understanding of knee anatomy and mechanics is necessary to treat knee dysfunction associated with adhesions, scar tissue and arthrofibrosis. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York City, NY and surrounding areas, has extensive experience in performing knee arthroscopy lysis of adhesions procedures.