Arthroscopic surgery in Perumbakkam

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Orthopaedic surgeons use arthroscopy to view inside joints. The minimally invasive procedure takes place through small incisions. We are here to provide you with top-notch care and guidance to tackle your problems.

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Understanding Arthroscopic surgery

What are the types of Arthroscopy?

Surgeons use arthroscopy to see inside joints without having to make large incisions. Types of arthroscopy include:

  • Elbow arthroscopy.
  • Foot and ankle arthroscopy.
  • Hand and wrist arthroscopy.
  • Hip arthroscopy.
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy.

Who needs Arthroscopy?

Your healthcare provider may recommend an arthroscopic procedure if you have injured or damaged your meniscus, cartilage, tendons and/or ligaments. Arthroscopy may be an option if you don’t get relief from nonsurgical treatments such as:

  • Braces or splints.
  • Medications and steroid injections
  • Physical therapy.
  • Rest.

What happens before Arthroscopy?

You should follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about what to do before an arthroscopic procedure. In general, you should:

  • Alert your provider of any allergies
  • Give your provider a list of medications and supplements you take.
  • Let your healthcare provider know about any blood thinners or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) before the procedure.
  • Not eat or drink after midnight the day preceding the procedure.

What happens during Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is typically an outpatient procedure, which means you go home the same day. You’ll receive aesthesia, so someone needs to drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.

The steps for arthroscopic procedures vary depending on the problem. Most procedures take about an hour, but some arthroscopies take longer.

During arthroscopy, an orthopaedic surgeon:

  • Makes two or three small incisions (about the size of a buttonhole) in the treatment area.
  • Inserts the arthroscope and other tiny surgical instruments into the small incisions.
  • Views images sent from the arthroscope to a monitor to examine joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
  • Refers to the arthroscope images to make a diagnosis or surgically treat the problem.
  • Removes the arthroscope and surgical instruments.
  • Closes the incisions with stitches and a bandage.

What happens after Arthroscopy?

You should be able to go home within a couple of hours after the procedure. You may need to:

  • Avoid putting weight or pressure on the area for a time. If you had arthroscopy on your hip or leg, you might need to use crutches or another assistive device.
  • Ice and elevate the area.
  • Keep the incision clean and covered.
  • Take NSAIDs for pain.
  • Take showers, not baths, until the incision heals.
  • Wear a sling or brace.

What are the advantages of Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. The procedure takes place through small incisions. Compared to an open surgery, the benefits include:

  • Faster recovery.
  • Less pain.
  • Minimal blood loss and scarring.

What are the potential risks or complications of Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a relatively safe procedure. Potential complications include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia.
  • Blood clots, including deep vein throbosis(DVT).
  • Damage to surrounding tissue or nerves.
  • Excessive bleeding or swelling.
  • Infections.
Frequently Asked Question on Arthroscopic surgery
What is Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves the use of a small, tube-like instrument called an arthroscope. This device is inserted through small incisions to examine, diagnose, and treat joint problems.
What Conditions Can Arthroscopic Surgery Address?
Arthroscopic surgery is used to treat various joint conditions, including torn ligaments (ACL or meniscus tears in the knee), damaged cartilage, joint inflammation, loose bone fragments, and certain types of arthritis.
What are the Advantages of Arthroscopic Surgery?
The advantages of arthroscopic surgery include smaller incisions, reduced scarring, less postoperative pain, quicker recovery times, and the ability to diagnose and treat joint problems with high precision.
Is Arthroscopic Surgery Painful?
Patients may experience some discomfort after arthroscopic surgery, but pain is generally less compared to traditional open surgery. Pain management strategies, including medications, are typically prescribed to ensure the patient’s comfort.
What are the Risks Associated with Arthroscopic Surgery?
While considered a safe procedure, arthroscopic surgery, like any surgery, carries some risks. Potential risks include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and injury to surrounding structures. Your surgeon will discuss these risks before the procedure.
How Can I Prepare for Arthroscopic Surgery?
Preparing for arthroscopic surgery may involve medical evaluations, discussions with your surgeon, and following preoperative instructions. This might include fasting before surgery and adjusting medications.