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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

What You Can Expect From Your Upcoming Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

by Clifton Davidson

You fell and twisted your knee, resulting in a torn piece of cartilage in the knee joint. The orthopedic surgeons recommend arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage. This is a surgical procedure done in an outpatient clinic, so you won't need to stay in a hospital. Here is what you can expect from this procedure and the beginnings of your recovery at home afterward.

The Outpatient Clinic

Once you've check into the clinic, you'll speak with a doctor about the anesthetic. A local anesthetic may be injected into the knee so you'll feel nothing during the surgery. They may suggest a regional anesthetic which numbs you from the waist down. You'll be given the choice of a light sedation, so you'll be unaware of the procedure. But you may choose to stay fully aware during the surgery so you can watch it on monitors in the surgical room.

Once the anesthetic takes effect, the surgeon will make two small incisions over your knee joint. A small tube containing a camera will be inserted into one of the incisions. Another tube containing surgical instruments will be inserted into the second incision. The surgeon will guide both tubes to the damaged area in your knee joint.

Once the tubes are in position, the surgeon will observe the joint from monitors in the room or through microscope eyepieces connected to the camera. The surgeon will repair the torn cartilage with the instruments in the second tube. When the repair is completed, the tubes are withdrawn and small bandages are placed over the incisions. You'll then be taken to a recovery area.

The Recovery Room

You'll rest in the recovery area while the anesthetic wears off. The doctor and staff will check the bandages to make sure there is no excess bleeding. When the surgeon is satisfied that you are having no ill effects from the surgery, you'll be released to go home.

Before leaving, you'll get a prescription for pain medication and perhaps an antibiotic. You'll receive instructions on how to monitor the incisions for signs of infection. You'll also be instructed on the amount of weight you can place on your knee when walking with your crutches. This will depend on the level of damage to your knee and the amount of repair required.

Finally, you'll be given a follow up appointment to see your doctor in a few days.

Recovering at Home

If your doctor is satisfied with the progress of your healing when you go in for the follow up appointment, they will start you on a course of physical therapy. This will span several weeks and will happen in two phases:

  • Range of motion exercises - This phase slowly stretches your muscles back out to their normal length. This phase will continue until you have achieved nearly normal range of motion in your knee.
  • Strength training - This phase builds up the muscles in your knee. The muscles support your knee when you walk and also protect it from injury.

For more information, visit http://www.towncenterorthopaedics.com.