Knee arthroscopy is an incision that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a very small cut and insert a tiny camera — called an arthroscope — into your knee. This allows them to see the inside of the joint on a monitor.
Need for Knee Arthroscopy
If you’re undergoing knee pain. The doctor may suggest the arthroscopy to find a problem. Arthroscopy is a useful way for doctors to know the source of knee pain and treat the problem.
Arthroscopic surgery can diagnose:
- Fractures in the knee bone
- Swollen lining in the joint
- Pieces of torn smooth elastic tissue that are loose in the joint
Preparation of Knee Arthroscopic
The doctor will tell you to prepare for Knee Arthroscopic in advance. Be sure to tell them about the prescription, over the counter medicines, supplement or any other medicine you are taking. You may have to stop aspirin or ibuprofen for weeks or days before the procedure.
Procedure during Arthroscopy
The doctor will give you an anesthetic before your knee arthroscopy. This may be:
- local (numbs your knee only)
- regional (numbs you from the waist down)
- general (puts you completely to sleep)
The surgeon will begin by making a few small cuts, in your knee. This makes it easier for the surgeon to see inside the joint. When he locates the problem in your knee, they will correct the issue. After the surgery, the surgeon closes your cuts with stitches.
Recovery after Arthroscopy
Mostly, the procedure takes less than an hour. The patient can go home on the same day for recovery. You’ll also need to change your dressing. The patient has to see the surgeon for follow up appointments for a few days after the procedure. You need to do some exercises prescribed by your surgeon. With proper care and your will power, you can do excellent recovery after the procedure.