WHAT IS ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY?
Many knee injuries can be treated with arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure performed by inserting a small telescope through a tiny pinhole and operating on the joint with micro-instruments through another pinhole. Since the surgeon doesn’t need to make large incisions, the procedure inflicts minimal trauma on the surrounding tissues, which leads to a quicker recovery time and lower risk of complications.
WHAT CAUSES KNEE PAIN?
Many orthopedic injuries can cause knee pain, from a torn meniscus to a misaligned kneecap. Degenerative disorders such as arthritis, chondromalacia, and synovitis are also common causes.
As a minimally invasive procedure, arthroscopy is designed to simplify and shorten the recovery period. You will need to rest, ice, compress, and elevate the knee for several days after surgery to reduce pain and swelling, but most patients can walk out the same day without restrictions and can begin physical therapy immediately.
Most patients recover quickly from arthroscopic knee surgery, but the exact recovery timeline will vary. You can expect to completely resume normal activities within a week or two of the procedure, while more complex procedures will require a longer healing period. In addition, athletes will likely require another several weeks of recovery time before returning to peak condition.
EXPERIENCING PAIN? DO YOU HAVE AN INJURY?
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