Knee Arthroscopy in Metairie, LA

What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee Arthroscopy is one of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures, and is performed to diagnose and treat problems in the knee. According to American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), more than four million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year. In an arthroscopic knee surgical procedure, the surgeon performs minimally invasive surgery with the aid of a tiny camera. Typically, an arthroscopic knee procedure usually takes approximately an hour to be completed.

Benefits of Knee Arthroscopy

Knee Arthroscopy is an effective procedure to diagnose many different pathologies of the knee joint, such as meniscal tears and cartilage damage. Additionally, the minimally invasive approach to knee repair allows for minimal scarring, reduced blood loss, and a quicker rate of recovery.

Possible benefits of the minimally invasive procedure include:

  • Relief from knee pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Less recovery time
  • Reduced scarring
Complications related to knee arthroscopy are very rare; however, they may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection in the operating area, excessive swelling, stiffness of the joint, or persistent knee pain.

Arthroscopic Knee Procedure Explained

During a knee arthroscopy procedure, the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Junius, will insert a small camera, known as an arthroscope, through a small incision to view the knee joint from within. The arthroscope sends real-time video imaging to a television monitor to allow the orthopedic surgeon to see the structure of the knee with great detail. Through a second incision, the surgeon inserts small instruments to perform the operation. The most commonly performed arthroscopic knee surgeries include ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstructive surgery and meniscal cartilage repair.

Preparing for Knee Arthroscopy

Before undergoing any procedure, patients should inform Dr. Junius of any medications or supplements currently being taken. Depending on the patient’s individual case, he or she may be asked to complete a physical examination to assess the patient’s health, as well as identify any potential problems that might interfere with the procedure.

Guidelines to follow prior to arthroscopic knee surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery
  • Be sure to leave any jewelry, watches, and other valuables at home
  • Arrange transportation for after surgery
  • Bring your crutches to the operating facility
  • Bring comfortable clothing (non-constricting pants) to the procedure

Knee Arthroscopy Recovery

Recovery from arthroscopic surgery involves rest and rehabilitation exercises. Immediately following the procedure, the patient will be taken to a recovery room to rest. The length of time the patient will need to rest prior to departure will depend on the nature of the specific case and the advice of the surgeon.

Patients undergoing knee arthroscopy recover much more quickly compared to traditional open knee surgery. However, there are some important principles to follow after returning home:

  • Do not attempt to drive, or attend work while on the pain medication
  • Wrap the knee in a bandage for at least two days following the procedure
  • Keep bandage clean (When bathing, cover it with plastic)
  • Apply ice for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling
  • Elevate the leg to reduce pain
  • Take the prescribed medicines, and do not drink alcohol
  • Return to activity when approved by the doctor

Knee Arthroscopy Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation exercises are very important for full recovery of the knee after arthroscopic surgery. The patient is expected to exercise the knee regularly for several weeks after the procedure. This will help restore full range of motion and strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee. Physical medicine and rehabilitation exercises will determine how quickly the patient recovers.

The patient should be able to resume previous levels of activity after six to eight weeks. Higher impact activities, such as running, should be avoided for a longer time.

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