Conditions treated with anthoscopic surgery
- Loose bone fragments.
- Damaged or torn cartilage such as meniscus injuries.
- Inflamed knee linings.
- Knee infections.
- Torn ligaments such as ACL or PCL.
- Scarring or tissue overgrowth within joints.
Prior to arthroscopic surgery, standard pre-operative blood and urine tests may be conducted as well as scans of the affected joint. These scans include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography), or an arthrogram (an x ray using dye). The tests can be conducted at one of our diagnostic facilities located near you. In some cases, you will also be given an exercise regimen to strengthen muscles around the joint.
- Ice packs will be placed on your knee and you will be moved to a recovery area where you will remain for a few hours.
- For outpatient surgery, you should wear loose fitting clothing to allow for bulky dressings over the surgical site. Bring your pre-fitted crutches or a walker.
- You’ll be asked to change into a gown or shorts. While you are waiting for the procedure to begin and so that you can relax, you will be given a mild sedative.
- Depending on the complexity of the surgery, you will be given general, regional or local anesthesia.
- You’ll be placed in a position that allows the surgeon to easily reach the injured joint. For knee arthroscopy, that's usually on your back on a short table with your knees bent and your feet hanging down.
Once you return home, it will take several days for the incisions to heal and several weeks for the joint to fully recover. You will be asked to keep ice packs on your knee and to elevate it for at least 72 hours following surgery. You can expect to return to work and resume daily activities within a few days to a week.
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