What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical treatment in which doctors opt to examine and nurse the joint issues. The surgery in arthroscopy is a minor one, and in this, the patient can go back home on the same day. The surgeon will implant a thin tube connected to a fiber-optic video camera from a small cut to make the view inside your joint visible.
Why is Arthroscopy needed?
Arthroscopy is needed when your meniscus, cartilage, ligaments, or tendons are damaged. When you have the following issues, you are not getting any relief from nonsurgical treatments - Rest, physical therapy, medication, splints, etc.
Surgeons use arthroscopy to see inside joints without having to make large incisions. Types of arthroscopy include:
Elbow arthroscopy: The surgeon implants a tiny camera into the elbow joint during elbow arthroscopy. The camera shows images on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these pictures to direct mini surgical tools.
Ankle arthroscopy: Ankle arthroscopy is a surgery that requires a small camera and surgical instruments to diagnose the tissues inside the ankle. This treatment lets the surgeon identify problems and form repairs to the ankle without forging more extensive incisions in the skin and tissue. This denotes that the patient has less suffering and heals more quickly than the recovery in open surgery.
Hand and wrist arthroscopy: Arthroscopy is a nominally confiding surgical method that uses a flexible and thin tube to retrieve the affected joints and shows an image of them on a big screen. With this image's help, orthopedic surgeons get aware of the problem and use their surgery tools through the arthroscope to restore any injury.
Hip arthroscopy: Hip arthroscopy is considered the prime standard procedure for nursing hip issues. The hip arthroscopy is barely protruding and easy to carry out, and the recovery time is also short. The surgeon will make minor cuts in the hip area and then implant a thin and flexible tube into the hip joint.
Knee arthroscopy: Knee arthroscopy surgery is among the standard knee surgeries that orthopedics enact. This arthroscopy is a surgical method that allows surgeons to examine the knee joint without creating a more significant cut on the skin. This method is opted to explore and solve an extensive range of knee issues.
Shoulder arthroscopy: Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgery that requires a small camera to diagnose and mend the tissues inside the shoulder joint. The surgeon will implant a flexible little tube by creating a tiny incision on your shoulder. Before this surgery, the patient will get general anesthesia that will make him asleep, and he will not feel any pain during surgery.
Pre: Before starting with the surgery, the patient must follow their doctor's instructions. These instructions usually are:-
During: During arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon creates two or three tiny cuts in the damaged area and then implants a flexible and narrow tube with small surgical tools through those cuts. This process examines the images captured through that flexible & thin tube to widescreen to inspect the tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and joints. After doing the surgery, they separate that narrow tube and surgical tools. Lastly, the surgeon stitches those cuts.
Past: After the process is done, you are allowed to go home within a couple of hours.
Dr. Darsh Goyal is a renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon who has experience of nearly two decades in knee and shoulder surgery. He has worked in some of the finest hospitals across the globe. He has successfully treated more than nine thousand patients. Dr. Darsh has received training from some of the most respected institutes worldwide - NHS England, Hss New York, USA, and Munich, Germany. He has written many books and international papers. Dr. Goyal’s Bones & Joint Centre is among the best centres for advanced Arthroscopy/Laser Surgery for knee and shoulder and Fast track Total knee Replacement.
Q1)Is arthroscopy painful?
Arthroscopy is a less painful surgery as this procedure is barely protruding and requires tiny cuts. That lets patients return home on the same day after the surgery.
Q2)How Long Does Arthroscopic Surgery take?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minor surgical treatment and usually demands thirty to forty-five minutes to complete. Before the surgeons begin the surgery, they give general anaesthesia to the patients and later create various minor cuts on the damaged knee.
Q3)How long after arthroscopy can you walk?
A few days after the surgery, patients can take the help of a walker or crutches that can ease their walks. Within two weeks, maximum patients can walk with a slight limping.
Q4)Is arthroscopic surgery a major surgery?
Arthroscopy is a minor surgery used to examine and nurse joint problems. In this surgery, a patient can go home on the same day if their doctor permits that.