Orthopedic Surgery located in Niceville, FL, Destin, FL & Crestview, FL
If you have chronic knee pain, you may benefit from knee arthroscopy to diagnose or treat the condition causing it. At Bluewater Orthopedics in Niceville, Crestview, and Destin, Florida the team of experienced orthopedic surgeons offers both diagnostic and restorative knee arthroscopy procedures when needed to address painful knee issues. Call Bluewater Orthopedics or make an appointment online today if you need expert treatment for chronic or severe knee pain.
Knee Arthroscopy Q & A
What is knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows your doctor to see the inside of your joint and perform some repairs without having to make a large incision in your knee.
An arthroscope is a thin surgical tool with a camera and a light on its tip. When your orthopedic surgeon inserts the device into your knee, it transmits video to a monitor in the treatment room. This provides a clear, magnified view of your knee, allowing your doctor to evaluate joint damage.
During knee arthroscopy, your orthopedic surgeon can also insert other specially designed surgical tools into your knee to remove loose cartilage and other debris, and perform some tissue repairs for your cartilage, meniscus, ligaments, and synovial tissue.
Why would I need knee arthroscopy?
The Bluewater Orthopedics team recommend minimally invasive knee arthroscopy to repair various injuries and issues, including:
- ACL tears and other ligament injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Dislocated patella
- Torn or loose cartilage
- Baker’s cyst
- Swollen or torn synovium
While minimally invasive surgeries reduce some of the risks of operations, your doctor may try nonsurgical treatments before recommending knee arthroscopy.
How should I prepare for knee arthroscopy?
Your doctor gives you specific preparation instructions before your procedure. Generally, you should make sure your doctor knows about any medical conditions or allergies. You should also provide a list of all the medications, vitamins, and supplements you take regularly.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If instructed to do so, don’t eat or drink anything for 6-12 hours before your appointment.
What should I expect after knee arthroscopy?
In most cases, knee arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that lasts about an hour. You should have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
Your physician gives you personalized aftercare instructions before releasing you. In general, you can use ice packs to minimize swelling and pain. Keep your leg elevated and change your dressing as needed.
You have a follow-up appointment a few days after your knee arthroscopy. You may need physical therapy to support your recovery and help you restore the strength and flexibility in the muscles that surround and support your knee.
Call Bluewater Orthopedics today or make an appointment online if you’re experiencing chronic or severe knee pain to find out if knee arthroscopy is the ideal solution for you.
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