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What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. The diagnosis is done by using a tube-like viewing instrument which is known as an arthroscope. It is typically suggested if you have inflammation in a joint or damage a joint. It can be done in any joint such as the elbow, knee, shoulder, ankle, hip or wrist.
Diagnostic arthroscopy is commonly done to diagnose disease or damage inside the knee.
A minimally invasive procedure to look inside the knee joint.
A flexible arthroscopy with a light and camera on the end is inserted into the joint through small incisions.
Reasons for Knee Arthroscopy
ACL tears (anterior cruciate ligament)
PCL tears (posterior cruciate ligament)
Torn cartilage in the knee joint
Reasons for Ankle Arthroscopy
Ankle fusion surgery
Repair or examine tendons and ligaments
Needs for Hip Arthroscopy
Articular cartilage injury
Traumatic hip dislocation
During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays, MRI, and ultrasound.
Arthroscopy surgery is much easier in comparison to ‘open’ surgery. Before the surgery, the patient will be given a general, local, or spinal anesthetic. The use of anesthetic varies on the basis of the joint problem. During the surgery, an incision of that of a size buttonhole will be made through which the arthroscope will be inserted. The doctor might make several other incisions to examine various other parts of the joint. To treat the injury, specially designed instruments are inserted through minute incisions to the joint. After the surgery, the incisions are covered through dressing. The doctor will advise you necessary post-operative tips and medications for recovery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is arthroscopy painful?
Usually, arthroscopy is less painful than open surgery. The recovery in this process also takes much less time. You will only have small puncture wounds in places where the arthroscopic tools are inserted.
Where can I find the best arthroscopy surgeons in Gurgaon?
Pristyn Care has in Gurgaon houses some of the most coveted, experienced and reliable arthroscopy surgeons in the city. Over the years, they have treated several injuries, minute and severe, through arthroscopy for patients of all age groups.
Why is an arthroscopy performed?
An arthroscopy is generally performed to diagnose joint injuries and diseases. The procedure begins with a thorough examination and the doctor may also ask about the patient’s medical history. The doctor may also recommend additional tests such as an MRI, CT scan or X-rays for better diagnosis.
What are the joints that can be diagnosed with an arthroscope?
Although the inside of almost all joints can be viewed and diagnosed with an arthroscope, knee, hip and shoulder joints are most frequently examined with an arthroscopy procedure.
What are the indications for a knee arthroscopy?
The knee joint is at risk of a variety of the most common injuries and medical conditions in older age. Knee problems when a knee arthroscopy might be needed for the diagnosis and treatment are:
Torn or damaged the cruciate ligament
Torn pieces of the articular cartilage
Inflamed synovial tissue
Misalignment of patella
What are the benefits of arthroscopy surgery?
Performed on an outpatient basis
Return home on the same day, no overnight hospitalization
To make your appointment with an expert orthopedic surgeon for arthroscopy in Gurgaon, get in touch with us.
What joints are often viewed with an arthroscope?
Most frequently examined joints using arthroscopy are the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist.
Why is an arthroscopy performed?
An arthroscopy is generally performed to diagnose joint injuries and diseases.
What are some common knee arthroscopy procedures ?
Common knee arthroscopic procedures include-
Joint preservation for osteoarthritis
Removal of bone fragments, loose bodies, or cartilage repair
What is a shoulder arthroscopy?
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an arthroscope (a tiny camera) to examine or repair the tissues inside or around the shoulder joint. After administering the anesthesia, the surgeon inserts the arthroscope through a small cut incision.
How does arthroscopy feel?
Arthroscopy is performed under anesthesia. If you are given general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and will not feel anything during the operation. If you are administered regional anesthesia, your arm, leg or the area to be operated will be numb for several hours. You will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Is arthroscopy safe?
An arthroscopy is usually a safe surgery and complications like soreness, inflammation, and pain in the damaged joint are mostly minor and short-term. The chances of major complications are rare. Less than 1 in 100 patients are seen to suffer from serious complications.
What are the serious complications of arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is usually a safe procedure but just like any other surgical procedure, complications can occur. Serious complications associated with arthroscopy include-
Deep vein thrombosis- Formation of a blood clot in the deep vein in one of the limbs. The condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) causes symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and pain in the limb that is affected.
Septic arthritis – Infection in the joint that is repaired through arthroscopy. Such an infection is called septic arthritis, and the patient experiences pain, swelling, fever, and chills.
Bleeding inside the joint- Due to injured blood vessels can cause excruciating swelling and pain in the joint.
Trauma to the surrounding nerve ending.
Get the best knee arthroscopy treatment at Pristyn Care
Pristyn Care’s orthopedic surgeons offer a thorough diagnosis, assessment and investigation of your knee so that you can access the best treatment to resolve your symptoms and increase your quality of life. We are dedicated to providing the best, personalized healthcare with the best doctors in Gurgaon available to offer you the best health advice and treatment.
Arthroscopy surgery is an effective, minimally-invasive procedure for investigating and treating knee pain and other problems, including:
Injuries during sports
Persistent knee pain, swelling, or stiffness
Treating ruptured ligaments
ACL reconstruction and repair
Removing loose fragments of bone and cartilage
Draining excess fluid
The orthopedic surgeons provide expert diagnosis and treatment for various knee and other orthopedic conditions thoroughly to restore maximum knee movement and functioning.
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How to book an appointment with Pristyn Care for knee arthroscopy?
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When is knee arthroscopy used?
Knee arthroscopy can be used to treat the following knee conditions-
Osteoarthritis of the knees- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition that arises due to wear and tear in the knee joint. Age and natural wear and tear are not the only causes of osteoarthritis of the knees, it can develop due to a meniscal tear caused by an injury. Knee arthroscopy is useful for the treatment of osteoarthritis and can help reduce pain and improve the functioning of the knee.
ACL tears- Knee arthroscopy can be performed to treat torn or ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) that cannot heal on its own. ACL injuries are one of the most common injuries in high-impact sports.
Fractures- Arthroscopy is also used in some other cases, such as in fractures in the knee bones. It is also useful in treating cases where the patella is out of its position.
When is shoulder arthroscopy used?
Shoulder arthroscopy may be recommended for the following shoulder problems-
Torn or damaged ligaments or cartilage ring (labrum)
Shoulder instability, loose shoulder joint that slides around more than normal or gets dislocated
Torn or damaged biceps tendon
Torn rotator cuff
Inflammation or bone spur around the rotator cuff
Inflammation or damage in the lining of the shoulder joint, often caused by degenerative joint disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Loose tissue that needs removal
Shoulder impingement syndrome
What happens during the arthroscopic procedure?
Arthroscopy is mostly conducted as an outpatient procedure. The type of anesthesia to be administered (local or general) is determined after an examination of the patient’s overall health. The surgeon makes a minor incision on the joint that is to be examined. After the incision, the surgeon may need a pump for pushing a saline solution into the affected area to be operated on. The saline solution makes the joint expand in size. The expansion in size allows the surgeon to easily conduct the surgery and fit in the graft/implant (according to the need). Further, the arthroscope is inserted through the incision.
Surgical tools are inserted through other minor incisions if arthroscopy is performed as surgical treatment. The tools are used for removing, cutting, and sewing during the surgical repair of the joint. As the arthroscopic procedure completes, the surgeon removes the arthroscope and the tools and closes the minor incisions with the sutures. A proper sterile dressing is used to bandage the site of the incision to keep away the chances of infection.
Why do orthopedic surgeons prefer knee arthroscopy over traditional knee surgery?
Advanced arthroscopy requires minimal incision and is followed by a quick recovery. The arthroscope is a thin camera-fitted device that helps the surgeon clearly visualize the internal parts of the knee. Benefits of knee arthroscopy surgery include-
Lower chances of infection due to minor incisions
Lesser incisions and minimal damage to the nearby tissues
Minimal blood loss
Very less postoperative pain and downtime
Faster and smoother recovery with assisted physiotherapy
Shorter hospital stay
Return to sports and other regular activities within a few months
Although arthroscopy is a safer choice than the standard open approach, there are some risks. Hence, it is important to choose a highly skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon.