At a news conference in Los Angeles, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said  “Markov’s knee is almost at full strength. He’s undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up debris.”

The original surgery on the knee, which took place five days short of a year ago, was always considered a success.  The setbacks have been caused by the rehabilitation process and were, to some extent, predictable.  According to Gauthier, “Markov will play this season.  . However, minor arthroscopy was the best decision at this time.  There was some scar tissue and some debris causing swelling.  We thought it was best we clean this up.”

It will be the third surgery on the knee in the last 18 months.

Markov had remained behind in Los Angeles to have his knee checked by specialists while his teammates travelled to San Jose for Thursday’s game against the Sharks.  The decision to go ahead with the procedure was made at that time.

For the uninitiated The technique of arthroscopy involves inserting the arthroscope, a small tube that contains optical fibers and lenses, through tiny incisions in the skin into the joint to be examined. The arthroscope is connected to a video camera and the interior of the joint is seen on a television monitor.  For several days after arthroscopy, patients will generally be asked to rest and elevate the joint while applying ice packs to minimize pain and swelling. After surgery, an exercise program is gradually started that strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint and prevents scarring (contracture) of surrounding soft tissues. The goal is to recover stability and strength of the joint rapidly and safely, while preventing the build-up of scar tissue. This program is an essential part of the recovery process for an optimal outcome of this procedure.