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The Benefits Of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

The Benefits Of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Injuries to the knee are extremely common. Typical knee injuries include sprains, ligament tears, dislocations, and fractures. If a knee injury cannot be treated using simple measures such as bracing and rehabilitation, surgery may be necessary. Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used on the knee joint to diagnose and treat knee conditions or injuries. It is performed using an arthroscope, which is a tiny surgical instrument with a light and camera at the end that is inserted into the knee. The camera projects the live video feed onto a screen where the surgeon is able to see the injury enabling them to use small instruments to treat the injury. There are many benefits to this minimally invasive orthopedic surgery.

3 Benefits Of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

1. No Need To Wait For Treatment
During your arthroscopic knee surgery, your surgeon will not only be able to diagnose the condition causing you discomfort and pain, but they may also be able to correct it at the same time. Once your surgeon identifies where the knee injury is, they will use small instruments to treat the injury. You will not be required to undergo two separate surgeries; one for diagnosis and another for treatment. This reduces the number of incisions and the time necessary for recovery after surgery.

2. Low-Risk Surgery
Since arthroscopic knee surgery only requires a small incision, you are at less risk of infections occurring during the healing process. Unlike traditional knee surgeries, the surgeon will not have to make a large incision to gain access to your knee joint. This also means less pain during the healing process and a faster recovery. 

3. Quick Recovery
An arthroscopic knee procedure is minimally invasive and patients are usually in and out of surgery in less than an hour depending on the injury. This is typically a same-day procedure meaning you are not required to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Simply using an ice pack and resting will help reduce inflammation and swelling once you are at home recovering. 

Who Needs A Knee Arthroscopy?
Various knee injuries and problems can be diagnosed and corrected with a knee arthroscopic procedure. If other non-surgical means such as rehabilitation do not help heal a knee injury, surgical intervention via knee arthroscopy may be required. Knee injuries that arthroscopic knee surgery can address include:

  • Fracture
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Patella rupture
  • Quad tendon ruptures
  • Advanced arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis 

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery At Okanagan Health Surgical Centre

Many patients and orthopedic surgeons prefer arthroscopic knee surgery to more traditional surgical procedures because of the low risks associated with the surgery and because it provides a shorter recovery time. There is typically less knee pain and less joint stiffness than in any other knee surgeries. If you suffer from knee pain or knee discomfort, talk to your doctor about your options for arthroscopic knee surgery. 

Okanagan Health Surgical Centre in Kelowna is a world-class private surgical facility providing advanced knee surgeries including arthroscopic knee surgery. Our team of private surgeons will help you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have regarding arthroscopic knee surgery. To book your complimentary consultation today call us at 1-250-868-9799 or Toll-Free: 1-877-505-8895 or fill out the contact form below.

FAQ

Q: How long is an arthroscopic knee procedure?
A: The length of the procedure varies for each patient depending on the type of knee injury and how severe the injury is. Typically, the surgery is completed in an hour or less.

Q: How long is the recovery time for arthroscopic knee surgery?
A: The recovery time will also vary from patient to patient depending on the type of injury they are recovering from. Typically, full recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery takes 6 months. 

Q: Can a knee arthroscopic procedure correct a torn meniscus?
A: For patients suffering from a symptomatic meniscus tear, arthroscopic surgery can be used to repair or remove the torn tissue.


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