Knee arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is the most modern surgery. Its advantages are small incisions (usually two holes less than 1cm), faster healing, faster recovery and return to daily activity for the patient. Usually, the patient does not need to spend the night in the hospital.

 

What are the knee diseases that are treated arthroscopically?

  • Meniscal tear.

  • Anterior or posterior cruciate ligament rupture.

  • Cartilage lesions.

  • Separating osteochondritis.

  • Removal of free bodies.

  • Synovitis.

 

What are the common symptoms of the above diseases?

Patients usually report a history of knee injury. The main symptom is pain in the movements and swelling of the knee. There is often a feeling of characteristic sound (click), blockage and inability to extend the knee. In more serious injuries, there is a feeling of instability of the knee.

 

How safe is knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is considered one of the safest surgeries.

 

What should the patient know about the immediate postoperative period?

Immediately after the operation the patient returns to his room with two small stickers on the inside and outside surface of the operated knee. He stays in bed as instructed by the anesthesiologist and then gets up and walks. Crutches are not necessary. The patient leaves the same day (usually at noon) for home.

Avoids straining the operated knee for 7-10 days. It is recommended to avoid driving for the same period of time. The sutures are removed in 8-10 days.