Arthroscopy

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Rest when you feel tired.
Drink plenty of fluids, unless your doctor tells you not to.
Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
If your incisions are open to the air, keep the area clean and dry.
Bend and straighten your knee slowly several times during the day.


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Why arthroscopy is done?

Arthroscopy is used to help in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of joint conditions. The most common areas where Arthroscopy is used include:
• Shoulder
• Knee
• Ankle
• Elbow
• Wrist
• Hip
Often arthroscopy is used as an additional procedure, when other imaging tests and studies like X-rays have left some diagnostic questions unanswered.

The conditions that can be treated through surgery using Arthroscopy include:
• Torn or otherwise damaged cartilages
• Loose bone fragments
• Joint infections
• Inflamed joint linings
• Scarring within the joints
• Torn ligaments

Procedure

In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopaedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fibre optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.
By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.
The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee. This lets the surgeon see the cartilage, ligaments, and under the kneecap. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary.
Our success as a hospital depends on the quality of care provided to each and every patient. Our expert team of doctors, nurses, therapists and staff is committed to providing safe, quality and cost-effective care to all, maximizing potential and exceeding expectations.

Risks

The complications that may occur in an arthroscopy are rather uncommon, but may include:
• Tissue damage, the movement and the placement of the procedural instruments in the joint can possible damage the structure.
• Infection, as is possible with any type of surgery, arthroscopy also may cause some infection.
• Blood clots, through rare, any procedure that lasts for more than an hour carries the risk of blood clots forming in the lungs or the legs.