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A minimally invasive surgical innovation that allows the surgeon to see inside the knee and carry out procedures through a tiny incision.
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Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat knee injuries. This minimally invasive approach to surgery can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, when compared with traditional open surgery.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Arthroscopy uses a device called an arthroscope. This small, pen-shaped instrument has a miniature video camera attached to the end. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision in the knee.
How to Prepare
Before your orthopedist performs the surgery, he or she may have you:
- Get a physical exam, blood work and urine analysis to get a sense of any problems that could arise.
- Adjust certain medications like blood thinners.
- Get any healthy issues like diabetes or high blood pressure under control.
When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:
- Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who should have completed a residency in orthopaedics.
- They should be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Day of Procedure
During this outpatient procedure, you will probably be given an IV so you can get the right fluids and medications. The anesthesia you get will be dependent on the type of surgery you are getting.
Early on, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the knee. This may last for several days after the surgery.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The success of the knee arthroscopy procedure depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.