According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, there are more than 4 million Knee arthroscopy surgery performed around the globe each year. This procedure considered as the most effective procedure for treating knee problems. Thing that make this procedure is so famous, are because it effectiveness and the healing period which is faster than other procedure.
The surgery involves small incisions and specific instruments such as high resolution cameras and high definition monitor to guide the surgeon to fix the problem inside the knee joint. Other instruments that involve in the procedure are including surgery tools. Since it only involve small incision this make the recovery time of the arthroscopy surgery on the one is faster than other procedure.
Steps of knee arthroscopy surgery
Someone who decides to get the procedure, first they will need a complete physical examination and overall health test. The doctor will assess patient health and identify any problem that could interfere with the procedure. Several pre tests such as electrocardiogram and blood count test could be performs.
Right before the surgery, you will forbid from drink and eat after midnight the night before the procedure. One you arrive to the surgery room, you will be placed on the surgery bed and a member of anesthesia doctor will talk with you.
This knee arthroscopy surgery can be performed under three different anesthesia procedures, local, regional or general anesthesia. Which type of anesthesia will you get is depend on doctor consideration, if you prefer with one type of anesthesia, you should tell the doctor far before the surgery performed.
Once the anesthesia works, the surgeon will make a few small incisions to insert the instruments. A sterile solution will be inserted into the knee to rinse away the cloudy fluid inside the knee. The surgeon team will observe the situation through the monitor and they will fix the problem without open the knee joint.
The knee arthroscopy surgery commonly takes 30 minutes to over an hour and depends on the problem and the treatment necessary. After the surgery, the incision will be close and after the procedure, you will take to the recovery room.