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Arthroscopy for Joint Pain: All your concerns resolved
Almost everything you need to perform with your legs like walking, running, jumping, standing, and turning requires the hinging action of your knees. And if you don’t keep your knees healthy, it can trouble you a lot in your daily life. Due to medical advancement, there are a number of ways to diagnose and provide treatment for your painful knees. In this blog, we will discuss this with our panel of doctors, specializing in arthroscopic surgery in Bangalore.
Understanding the concept- Arthroscopy:
Arthroscopy is a keyhole surgical procedure that helps to diagnose and treat any knee joint abnormalities. The most common use of arthroscopy is in the treatment of meniscal tears. Menisci( C-shaped cartilage) resting between the femur and tibia provides a cushioning effect to your joint. Any injury or arthritis can cause tearing in the menisci. This results in knee pain, swelling, and inflammation around the knee joint. Knee arthroscopy is done to remove the damaged or diseased portion of the meniscus.
How is the procedure performed?
Arthroscopy surgery is performed on your knees, ankles, and other joints. An orthopedic surgeon will perform the procedure after a thorough check-up. The surgeon creates a small incision in the afflicted area of the patient's skin and inserts an Arthroscope, pencil-sized equipment with a small lens and lighting system that magnifies and illuminates the structures inside the joint. Following that, your surgeon will remove any damaged or loose part of the meniscus. Then a microscopic shaving(surgical) instrument is used to smoothen out the jagged portion.
What are the conditions that require knee arthroscopy?
- Soft tissue injuries: Ligaments (which connect bones to bones) and tendons are examples of soft tissue (they connect muscles to bones). Bursitis, torn meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament tears (ACL tears), and tears of the medial collateral ligament (MCL tear ) are among the most common knee injuries
- Fracture: Bones on the inside of your knee might break or chip away. When your bone breaks, portions of cartilage (spongy tissue that helps bones slide against each other smoothly) can break off.
- Inflammation: A joint's synovium can become inflamed (swollen and irritated).
Is the Arthroscopy surgery painful?
Arthroscopy is not painful. It is performed under:
- Spinal anesthesia- that keeps you numb from the waist down, so that you won’t feel pain.
- Local anesthesia- this will keep the knee area numb.
- General anesthesia- this keeps you unconscious during the surgery. Though this kind of anesthesia is less common for Arthroscopy.
The knee scope(arthroscope) is inserted through tiny incisions. These days the conservative arthroscopy approach is widely used by our orthopedic surgeons. Therefore, the pain, stiffness, and discomfort will be less after the surgery.
How much time will Arthroscopy take?
Your orthopedic doctor will perform the surgery within 45-90 minutes.
How much time will it take to recover after arthroscopy?
It may take 40-42 days(6 weeks) for recovery after arthroscopy surgery. But this can vary based on the overall health of the patient. Also, if the patient follows the doctor's instructions carefully, he/she has a good chance of recovering quickly.
What are the different arthroscopic procedures?
As per the orthopedic surgeon from the best hospital in Bangalore, there are multiple arthroscopic procedures that can be performed. Other than knee there is
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Hip arthroscopy
- Shoulder arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery for the rotator cuff
What happens after knee arthroscopy?
Most knee arthroscopy surgeries are outpatient procedures i.e you can go back home on the very same day after the surgery. However, sometimes you might have to stay overnight in the hospital, based on the condition of the patient.
When can you start your daily activities after Arthroscopy?
Everyone reacts to surgery in their own unique way. Inquire with your healthcare practitioner when you can resume your normal activities, such as driving and walking without assistance. Your doctor may advise you to wait a few weeks before engaging in more physically demanding activities.
Some activities, particularly ones that require you to sprint, jump or leap, can cause knee injuries. Consult our best doctors in Jaynagar, Bangalore about the lower-impact sports and activities that are less stressful on your knees.