Arthroscopic (Closed) Knee Surgeries in other words Knee Arthroscopy is the most commonly used method in the diagnosis and treatment of knee-related problems. With this medhod, the most common problems that we treat especially meniscus tears, cruciate ligament tears, cartilage problems and early calcification.
When is it applied?
This procedure is applied when there is damaged cartilage in your knee. Other applications are:
- Limiting your movements taking medicine to prevent swelling
- Application of physical therapy
- Performing open knee surgery
How Should I Prepare for This Process?
If your operation will take place under general anesthesia, plan how your care and recovery will be after the operation. Take time for yourself to relax and find people to help you with your daily chores.
Follow your doctor’s and Ck Health Turkey Medical Center Consultant’s recommendations. Before the procedure, do not eat or drink after midnight and do not eat in the morning of the day of the procedure. Do not consume any drinks, including coffee, tea or water.
How is Knee Arthroscopy it applied?
General, regional or local anesthesia can be both an option. General anesthesia will relax your muscles, making you feel like you are in a deep sleep. You stay awake while local and regional anesthetics both numb a part of the body. All types of anesthesia are meant to prevent you from suffering.
Your specialist inserts the arthroscope or several instruments into the knee joint through several small channels that he will open. By injecting fluid into your knee, the joint is expanded so that the structure of the tissue and cartilage can be seen. Your doctor will check your knee for damage. It can treat or chip away the damaged cartilage and destroy some of it. At the end of the procedure, your specialist removes the arthroscope and other tools and stitches and closes the small holes he made.
What Happens After the Procedure?
You can return home in 1 or 2 days. Your surgeon will suggest you to need to keep your leg elevated. Do not tire yourself for at least 2-3 days. Stay away from activities that force you until your doctor gives permission.
After the surgery;
- Use crutches for a few days until you can walk normally.
- Lift your leg so that your ankle is higher than your knee and your knee is higher than your hips.
- Put ice on your knee for 20 to 30 minutes 3-4 times a day until symptoms subside.
- Begin bending your knee as soon as possible.
- Change your bandage at the end of the 4th day and cover the cuts with plaster or gauze.
- Consult your specialist if you have a knee brace.
- If your cartilage has been treated but not chipped, your doctor may ask you to use your crutches for a longer period to avoid putting a strain on your leg.
Remember to ask your Ck Health Turkey Medical Center consultant about other treatment steps and when you should do a followup or a repeat checkup.
What are the Benefits?
Arthroscopy allows to treat your knee without performing open knee surgery or making large incisions. Also provides a faster recovery compared to open knee surgery.
Some risks may arise with the application general anesthesia. In addition, although rarely, the medication in this type of anesthesia can cause an allergic reaction, it is very important to hare your medical history with your Ck Health Turkey Medical Center specialist before the operation and for your suitability.
- Local anesthesia can be a safer method for the elderly and those with certain diseases.
- The vessels and nerves around the knee may endure damage, causing numbness and weakness below the knee.
- Deep vein thrombosis (a clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs) may occur.
- There is a risk of infection and bleeding.
- You can get information about the risks that may occur by contacting your specialist.
When Should I Inquire?
- If there is excessive discharge from the incision holes.
- If you have unusual pain and your knee stays fixed by locking.
- You have a fever.
- When symptoms of deep vein thrombosis occur.
- If signs of infection appear contact your doctor immediately.
- When you have questions about the treatment and its results.
- When you need to make an appointment to check the treatment status. You can contact your specialist at a convenient time.