Knee Arthroscopy Surgery

Inside picture of the knee

Last modified: December 21, 2011

Beatrice Woods
Licensed Practical Nurse

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery

If you have ever experienced any pain or discomfort in the knee you know how quickly it can sideline you. While walking the hinge joint of the knee is in continuous motion.  Many people are affected by knee pain on a daily basis. Pain in the knee joint can be due to injuries, excessive joint use, and arthritis. Uncomplicated knee pain is typically resolved without medical intervention. For many knee pain is unbearable often requiring a knee arthroscopy. 

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery Defined

A knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed by the orthopedic care department. The process involves the placement of mini instruments into small incisions allowing the surgeon to see the interior aspects of the knee for assessment and treatment recommendations.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery Risks

Serious thought should be given as to whether the risks involved for surgery is worth the expected outcome. Prior to surgery the surgeon should discuss in detail any possible complications involved in knee arthroscopy. The most common risks are bleeding too much requiring the blood to be replaced, infection and poor healing of the surgical site.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery Process

The patient is given regional or general anesthesia before the surgery for pain control. Within sterile surroundings the orthopedic surgeon cleans the surgical site and makes mini incisions in the knee. A micro size illuminated instrument with a connected camera is put into the incision allowing the surgeon to see inside the knee. The images of the interior knee are viewed on a monitor inside the operating room. Depending on the finding the surgeon may proceed to treat damaged areas of the knee joint, cutting, shaving, and removing damaged tissues and cartilage as needed. Once the surgeon is content the incisions are stitched shut and a bandage and ace wrap is applied to the knee.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgeon Recovery

Knee arthroscopy typically takes between one and two hours depending on the procedure performed. Active participation in physical therapy is an important part in rehabilitation. Elevation of the affected knee and ice application are helpful in minimizing pain and swelling. Total recovery following knee surgery will depend on the patient and procedure performed.     

Cost Of Knee Arthroscopy Surgeon

Insurance type, location of the procedure and the procedure performed are just a few of the factors that can affect the cost of knee arthroscopy.

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