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Knee Arthroscopy

Let us know what is Knee Arthroscopy?

Bone spurs, torn ligaments or cartilage, joint infections, and scar tissue often lead to stiffness and pain in the movement of the joints. A small tissue sample is taken from the knee for microscopic examination. The doctor can better monitor the unwanted tissue growth as well as the wear and tear in the knee.

Knee Arthroscopy How it is performed?

The doctor must be well acquainted with the lifestyle and the habits as well as with any allergies, or current medication, past illnesses etc. A General or a local anesthesia is administered to the patient and an incision is made on the knee so as to insert the Arthroscope which is attached to a video camera by which the medical practitioner can monitor the condition and the extent of damage to the knee joint. If the practitioner thinks fit that the knee needs to be repaired then additional surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions around the area.

The time taken for the procedure is around half an hour and after the procedure the knee joint is flushed with saline solution prior stitching. The patient is advised to take rest after to enable speedy recovery. Splints, slings or crutches may be used to ease the movement. A rehabilitation therapy may be advised for recovery of the normal movement of the knee.

Possible Risks involved

It is said that the knee arthroscopy is all the way the most economical and the safest way to reduce the complications arising in the knee. The risks may include bleeding, formation of blood clots within the knee joint, and damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, or blood vessel. The medical practitioner needs to be contacted if such symptoms arise.

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