Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made through the skin and other soft tissues to view the knee joint. It is less invasive than any other surgical procedures.
This surgery is performed to treat various knee problems. The surgeon inserts a small camera called an arthroscope into the knee joint. This camera displays images on a video monitor and the surgeon can diagnose knee problems using those images.
When Should I Undergo Knee Arthroscopy?
Your doctor would suggest knee arthroscopy if you have severe knee pain and it does not respond to nonsurgical treatments such as rest, physical therapy and medications or injections. This surgical procedure can relieve painful symptoms caused by some serious problems.
Knee arthroscopy is performed to treat various ailments such as:
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Fractures in knee bones
- Torn ligaments
- Damaged cartilage
- Fluid formation where it needs to be drained
How to Prepare for Knee Arthroscopy?
Your surgeon helps you on how to prepare for the surgery. If you are taking any prescription, the surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications for a few weeks or days before the surgery. The doctor also asks you to stop eating or drinking for 6 to 12 hours before the surgery.
The surgeon also prescribes you some pain medication to deal with any discomfort you may experience after the surgery.
What Happens During Knee Arthroscopy Procedure?
Before the surgery, your surgeon gives you an anesthetic to numb the pain which can be local, regional or general. The anesthetic is based on the extent of the arthroscopy.
The surgeon initiates the surgery by making small incisions in your knee. Saline or saltwater will be pumped to expand the knee. He then inserts the arthroscope through the cuts. The doctor can look around your knee using this camera.
When the doctor identifies the problem in your knee using the images displayed on the monitor, he inserts small tools through the incisions to correct the tissues. After the procedure, the surgeon removes the tools and drains the solution. He also closes the incisions using stitches and covers the knee with a soft bandage.
How About Recovery After The Procedure?
Knee Arthroscopy is less invasive and takes less than an hour. You can return to your home on the same day of the surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully after the surgery.
You may have some pain after the surgery. The doctor prescribes medications to prevent pain and blood clots. You need to use an ice pack on your knee to reduce swelling and pain. You need to keep the incisions clean and dry and you should change the dressing. Your doctor suggests you a few exercises or physical therapy to help recover your knee. The doctor explains to you about when you need to do these things and for how long.
With proper care, the results of the surgery will be excellent and many people can return to their full activities after the surgery.
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