Understanding the Value of Knee Arthroscopy — BIMC today offers knee arthroscopy, a surgical technique that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint by allowing a very small incision where a tiny camera is inserted for our surgeon to view inside for a look at the issue clearly.
According to a Health Line report, arthroscopy diagnoses several knee issues, such as a torn meniscus or a misaligned kneecap. The procedure can also repair the ligaments of the joint with limited risks.
Why Do I Need Knee Arthroscopy?
Your BIMC doctor may recommend that you undergo a knee arthroscopy if you’re experiencing knee pain. Your doctor might have already diagnosed the condition causing your pain or they may order the arthroscopy to help find a diagnosis. In either case, an arthroscopy is a useful way for doctors to confirm the source of knee pain and treat the problem.
How Do You Prepare for Knee Arthroscopy?
Your BIMC doctor or surgeon will advise you how to prepare for your surgery. Be sure to tell them about any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or supplements that you’re currently taking. You may need to stop taking certain medicines, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for weeks or days before the procedure.
You must also refrain from eating or drinking for six to 12 hours before the surgery. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe you a pain medication for any discomfort you experience after the surgery. You should fill this prescription ahead of time so that you have it ready after the procedure.
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 during the procedure
* Infection at the site of the surgery
* Breathing difficulties caused by anesthesia
* Allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during surgery
What Is Recovery Like After a Knee Arthroscopy?
This surgery isn’t very invasive. For most people, the procedure takes less than an hour depending on the specific procedure. You will likely go home on the same day for recovery. You should use an ice pack on your knee and a dressing. The ice will help reduce swelling and minimize your pain.
At home, you should have someone look after you, at least for the first day. Try to keep your leg elevated and put ice on it for a day or two to reduce swelling and pain. You’ll also need to change your dressing. Your BIMC doctor or surgeon will tell you when to do these things and for how long. You will probably need to see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment a few days after the procedure.
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’re 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.