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Knee arthroscopy [5 Important Answers to Your Questions]

Arthroscopy is a way to identify problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). We have prepared a list of answers to questions you might have when considering a knee arthroscopy.

1. What is a knee arthroscopy?

During this procedure, a camera is inserted into the knee through two or three small puncture wounds. It allows the surgeon to look at the joint surfaces, cartilage and the main ligaments of the knee.

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2. How long can it take to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery?

It takes up to six weeks for the knee joint to rebuild normal joint fluid following arthroscopic surgery. Because of this, you may not appreciate the benefits of your surgery for four to six weeks. There is a high level of variance in recovery times.

3. Are you awake during arthroscopic knee surgery?

There are two possibilities that you will discuss with your surgeon: spinal or general anesthesia. If spinal anesthesia is used, you will stay awake throughout your procedure. If general anesthesia is better for you, you will be asleep.

4. Can you walk immediately after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Full weight bearing is encouraged in the first 24 hours after the surgery (unless otherwise instructed at the time of surgery). Crutches or a cane may be necessary to assist walking. These aids are used to help with balance but not to remove weight off the leg. Swelling is natural and will start to subside in a few days. Keeping your leg elevated for the first 72 hours is encouraged and will help with swelling and pain. On the second day after the surgery you should be able to walk without assistance and even gentle exercises such as straight leg rises and ankle pumps may be advised. Don’t overdo it! Common sense is the rule.

5. Can there be any complications after arthroscopic knee surgery?

This procedure involves a major surgery conducted under general anesthesia. At our  Orthopaedic Surgery Center, NC we have the advantage of a highly qualified team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and physical therapists all devoted to patient safety and enhancing efficacy. However, there are still risks linked to the procedure. Although uncommon, complications can include:

  • excessive bleeding from the wounds or soaking the dressing after the operation
  • excessive swelling
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • infection
  • fluid leakage from the incisions after seven days.

If you are concerned in any way, please contact your surgeon at orthopedic surgery center, NC.

If you develop a fever, severe pain or significant wound problems, you will need to see someone as soon as possible

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center’s board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons bring together many years of experience to manage and treat joint complications resulting from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, musculoskeletal disease or joint trauma.

To schedule an appointment with one of our surgeon at orthopedic surgery center, NC, please call 919-719-3070



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