KNEE ARTHOSCOPY

Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the knee joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems. During knee arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions, rather than the larger incision needed for open surgery. This results in less pain and joint stiffness for patients and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.

Benefits Of Knee Arthroscopy

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  • No wait time An arthroscopy is especially helpful because it allows your provider to treat damage and injuries as soon as they are diagnosed. You no longer have to be diagnosed and treated months apart.
  • Low risk In most cases, the risk of the procedure is limited and the outlook is good for the patient. Depending on the severity of your knee problem and the required procedure, recovery time, and prognosis may differ. 
  • Less stress Compared to the open surgical procedure, it has the advantage that healthy joint structures are spared, and your body is less stressed. This means pain after the operation is minor, and the healing time is usually shortened.
  • Less pain and quick recovery A knee arthroscopy treatment aren’t invasive, and for most patients, it’s finished in less than one hour. This is a same-day procedure, meaning you can leave our office and go home after, without waiting around in a hospital bed. Simply using an ice pack on your knee once you’re home minimizes pain and reduces swelling. 
Precautions To Be Taken Before The Treatment:
  • Home Set-Up: Essential fixes in the home set-up need to be introduced. Hallways, walkways, rooms, and outside stairs should be ensured to be free of clutter and tripping hazards. Scatter rugs, footstools, and non-slip surfaces can be used. Areas frequently used by the patient should be properly lighted.

  • Bathroom: Toilet seats should be raised and armrests must be placed for easy access to the commode. In case the bathtub is used for bathing, sliding doors should be replaced with a shower curtain, a hand-held shower hose is to be installed, grab bars in the bathtub and toilet seats are useful to assist you. DO NOT use towel racks or toilet paper holders to stand or sit.

  • Exercise: Exercising before surgery will make your muscles stronger, improve your endurance, and help keep your joints moving. Activities such as gentle stretching & strengthening, swimming, or water walking should be tried as they put less stress on your joints. Exercising before surgery will help you to build confidence and knowledge for post-surgery life.

Step By Step Knee Arthroscopy:
For knee arthroscopy surgery, you have to visit our hospital.
Meet our orthopedic specialist.
Test to knee Arthroscopic
Start your treatment and follow the instructions
Follow the precautions rule and take medicines on time.
Take rest and be healthy.

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FAQs

Although complications are rare, they do occasionally occur following arthroscopy. These include blood clots of a vein, infection, excessive swelling, bleeding, damage to blood vessels or nerves, and muscle damage.

The small incisions take several days to heal. The orthopedic specialist will instruct you as to when the surgical dressing can be removed. The pain in the joint is minimal but may take several weeks to maximally recover. The orthopedic specialist will develop a tailored rehabilitation plan for you to follow. This will depend on the joint that was worked on, the degree and severity of your injury or condition, and your current health status. Most athletes are able to return to their usual athletic activities within a few weeks, and other patients return to normal activities in a short time.

While this can vary, typically you are in the operating room for 15 to 45 minutes. Then you are taken to the recovery area for 1 to 2 hours before being discharged home. You will be given specific post-operative instructions at that time.

This varies based on the procedure you are having. If you are having meniscectomy (removal of torn cartilage), you may begin putting weight on you leg when you get home the day of surgery. Crutches are generally used for 1 to 3 days (based on comfort). If you are having an ACL reconstruction or knee cap realignment, you will be required to use crutches at least 1 week and wear a special knee brace for 5 to 6 weeks.

This varies on an individual basis and with your occupation. It is best to discuss this with your surgeon or a PA prior to surgery.