What is knee arthroscopy removal of PVNS lesions?
Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS) is a benign condition of the joint lining (synovium) that can results in mechanical symptoms, pain and inflammation. The knee joint commonly affected by PVNS. Knee arthroscopy to remove a PVNS lesion is a procedure that utilizes small surgical tools, and a camera called an arthroscope to remove the mass and abnormal tissue. The cause of Pigmented villonodular synovitis is unknown. The layer of tissue that lines tendons and joints, most commonly in and around the knee, overgrows, causing a lesion or tumor. PVNS can be diffuse or localized. Diffuse PVNS is more widespread within the joint and more challenging to treat. Surgery for diffuse PVNS involves the use arthroscopic instruments to meticulously remove the damaged synovial (joint) lining. Localized PVNS usually occurs in one area of the joint. PVNS is a challenging knee condition; patient should seek experienced surgeons when dealing with this particular diagnosis. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in performing knee arthroscopy removal of PVNS lesion procedures.