What is Knee Arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a procedure that is often recommended for a variety of knee problems. This surgery is commonly performed to treat a torn meniscus, a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), joint damage, broken cartilage in the knee joint, to remove a Baker cyst and much more. The orthopedic surgeons at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley utilize state-of-the-art technology and treatment options to perform this procedure and to help get you back to optimal wellness as soon as possible. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Napa, CA facility today.
How Is Knee Arthroscopy Performed?
Prior to your knee arthroscopy, we will administer anesthesia and place a cuff around your thigh, which will help control bleeding. One of our Napa, CA surgeons will make 2 – 3 small incisions around the knee and pump saline through it until the knee inflates. From there, a small tube will be inserted through one of the incisions. The tube will have a camera to assist your surgeon throughout the procedure. From here, your surgery will differ depending on your particular knee issue. Once the surgery is complete, we will drain the fluid from the knee and suture the incisions. Your knee will be wrapped with dressings to help optimize healing. We will provide aftercare instructions so you know how to care for your knee as you recover.
Knee Arthroscopy FAQ
What can I expect when recovering from knee arthroscopy?
During your rehabilitation, we have four main goals: allow the tissue to heal, regain your range of motion, regain your strength, and return to normal activities. While recovery can take up to or around two months, you can expect to be sedentary for about 7 – 10 days after your surgery. The timeframe in which you can get back to work depends on what you do for work, but if you have a desk job, you are likely able to go back after that 7 – 10 day period. If you have a more laborious job, you should wait for direction from your doctor.
Will I be able to play sports after knee arthroscopy?
A successful knee arthroscopy should not hold you back from playing in any sports after you have completed your full rehabilitation process. The best thing you can do for yourself is give your body time to heal and listen to the care instructions from your doctor. We will work with you to help you better understand when you can get back to the activities you love.
What are the complications of knee arthroscopy?
While complications are rare, they are a risk associated with every surgical procedure. Our Napa, CA surgeons utilize the latest technologies and techniques to avoid as many complications as possible. While they are unlikely, some complications include:
- Stiff knee
- Blood clot
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Treatment For Your Knee Injury
If you have a knee injury, such as a torn meniscus or ACL, you may require a knee arthroscopy. This surgical procedure is provided at Precision Center of Napa Valley to treat a wide range of knee injuries. Our team utilizes advanced equipment and technologies to help optimize your results and reduce healing time. To find out more about this procedure, contact our Napa, CA surgery center to request an appointment.