Knee Arthroscopy

drkmh Knee Arthroscopy

 

Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a very small incision and insert a tiny camera called an arthroscope into your knee. This allows them to view the inside of the joint on a screen. The surgeon can then investigate problem with the knee and, if necessary, correct the issue using small instruments within the arthroscope.

 

Who needs Knee Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a useful way for doctors to confirm the source of knee pain and treat the problem.

Arthroscopic surgery can diagnose and treat knee injuries, including:

  • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments.
  • Torn meniscus (the cartilage between the bones in the knee)
  • Patella that is out of position.
  • Pieces of torn cartilage that are loose in the joint.
  • Removal of a Baker’s cyst
  • Fractures in the knee bones
  • Swollen synovium (the lining in the joint)

What Are the Risks Associated with a Knee Arthroscopy?

There are risks associated with any type of surgery, though they are rare. Every surgery has the following risks:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia or other medications administered during surgery.

What Is Recovery phase after a Knee Arthroscopy?

The procedure takes less than an hour depending on the specific procedure. You will likely go home on the same or the next day for recovery.

  • Ice pack
  • Leg elevation
  • Dressing change
  • Walking aids

Your doctor will give you an exercise regimen to follow at home to help your knee recover or will recommend a physical therapist to see until you are able to use your knee normally. The exercises are necessary to help restore your full range of motion and to strengthen your muscles. With the proper care, your outlook after having this procedure is excellent.

 

Reviewed By:

DR.DEEPAK KUMAR K.S

CHIEF CONSULTANT – ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

MBBS, DIPLOMATE IN ORTHOPEDICS, MS (ORTHOPEDICS), Mch (ORTHO)

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