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Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: When to Get a Knee Scope?

A common treatment for knee injuries is knee arthroscopy. Why is it a preferred treatment method? It is safe, easy, offers a quick recovery, and is also effective. 

Essentially, the doctor inserts an instrument called an arthroscopy to view and repair the knee. We will look in-depth into arthroscopic knee surgery in the article, so you have a better understanding before your procedure at our orthopedic surgical center in Cary

What is a knee arthroscopy?

A knee arthroscopy both diagnoses and treats knee injuries. The surgeon makes a small incision and will insert a tiny camera called an arthroscope into the knee. 

The camera produces an image onto the screen that the surgeon then uses to repair. Small instruments within the arthroscope are used to complete the procedure. 

Of course, recovery is dependent on the diagnosis and severity of the injury, but generally, patients heal quickly and effectively. 

Why would I need a knee arthroscopy?

If you have significant pain from an injury that is not resolved through conservative treatments, then a knee arthroscopy may be recommended. 

The doctor may better diagnose your injury through the procedure. Common conditions diagnosed and treated include:

  • Torn meniscus or ligaments.
  • Worn cartilage.
  • Out-of-place patella.
  • Fractures.
  • Removal of a baker's cyst

How do I prepare for a knee arthroscopy

Your surgeon will discuss pre-op instructions with you. Make sure you disclose all medications, vitamins, or supplements you are currently taking. 

Certain medications may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, so you may need to stop NSAID pain medications. 

Your team will direct you to be NPO (no food or drinking) for 6-12 hours before the surgery. It is encouraged to quit smoking before any surgical procedure as it can impact recovery. 

What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

It is not always necessary to be under general anesthesia. For some patients, it is possible to stay awake and to watch the surgery on a monitor. 

The surgeon usually makes two small incisions: One small incision where the arthroscope will be inserted and another where surgical instruments can be inserted. The surgeon may use sterile water (saline) to expand the knee for an easier joint view. The surgeon will use the arthroscope to view the knee and make any surgical repairs. 

Generally, the surgery takes less than an hour. 

After the surgery, the saline is drained from the knee, and the incision is closed with stitches. 

What should I know about recovery?

You will likely be able to return home on the same day as the procedure. You can use uce can to manage the swelling, plus prescription pain medication to best manage your pain. 

During the first day or so, you may need some assistance with care. Keep your leg elevated and continue icing as directed. 

If you have a surgical dressing, follow the directions for dressing changes to reduce infection risk. Wash your hands well before touching the incision or dressing. 

Follow up with your doctor as directed. If any complications emerge, be sure to discuss them with your care team. 

Mobility will improve over a few days. The team may recommend physical therapy dependent on the injury and repair. 

Where can I ask questions about my procedure about outpatient orthopedic surgery in Cary?

We believe it is a privilege to have you in our care at the Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Panther Creek. Our team is experienced and motivated to provide the best in orthopedic procedures. 

It is a collaboration of professionals who bring you the best outpatient surgical option in Cary. Contact us if you have additional concerns at any point during your journey with us. 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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6715 McCrimmon Parkway
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Cary, NC 27519
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