Arthroscopic Knee Surgery recovery depends on so many factors. Some of those factors include:
Type of lesion
Severity of Lesion
Overall condition of knee joint
From my mom's real life experience I can tell that Arthroscopy is not a permanent option for knee pain.
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique for knee pain diagnosis and knee injuries pain symptoms.
In this procedure doctor inserts a mini camera in the knee joint space to evaluate the inside knee condition.
With technological advances arthroscopy is very advanced now and uses high definition camera where doctor can view the inside knee joint on big screen in operation theater and diagnose and treat the knee injuries.
How to prepare for surgery?
1.Physical examination from your family
practitioner- he would be the right person to tell weather you will get
good arthroscopic knee surgery recovery or not!
2.You must tell your
doctor about any medication that you take- any medications that must be
stopped before surgery will be told by doctor.
3.Thorough preoperative knee pain diagnosis should be done including x-rays ,lab tests, arthrogram or MRI.
might need 2-3 preoperative visits before undergoing surgery.There you
can talk about your arthroscopic knee surgery recovery.
On the day of Surgery
Whole procedure takes 45-60 minutes and you would be discharged in 2-3 hour or on same day although your doctor would be the right person to judge. Anesthesia given which can be local,spinal or general. Your doctor would discuss all different choices with you. Procedure:
Doctor takes small incisions in front of knee. Doctor splash sterile water in your joint cavity to flush out the bad stuff from it.
Doctor do your knee pain diagnosis and then takes required steps to eliminate your potential knee problems.
Doctor maneuver the scope through your knee joint and rectify or cut the articular cartilage or meniscus tear.
Doctor remove the scope from the knee joint cavity and small wound is closed by stapler and covers them with soft bandage.
Shift to recovery room and discharge from hospital in 2-3 hrs.
Recovery can average from 3-4 weeks. It is much faster then normal knee surgery. You must follow your doctor for your better recovery.
Swollen Knee- Swelling is common after arthroscopic Knee Surgery so keep your operated leg elevated by putting a pillow under your legs. Having swelling after your knee operation is normal thing and should not be worried about it.Apply Ice as recommended by your doctor.
Wound Care- Keep your wound dry. Doctor would tell you about wound care. Follow thoroughly.
Weight Bearing- Usually patient can start partial weight bearing with the help of crutches for 5-7 days. Gradually weaning from crutch use is recommended and will be easy to do.
Resuming Driving- Doctor would allow patient driving after considering many factors like What kind of knee injuries treated Pain tolerance How well you do Knee exercises Type of car transmission Usually you can start driving in 1-2 weeks.