What is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery ?

Arthroscopic knee surgery is a surgical procedure to visualize, diagnose and treat various problems inside the knee joint. In this procedure, anesthesia is given according to the preference of the patient and the condition of the knee. To help prevent surgical site infection, skin on the knee will be cleaned. Small incisions are made known as portals in the knee. Any cloudy fluid will be rinsed away with the help of uninspiring solution. The surgeon will then insert the arthroscope and use the image projected on the screen to guide it.

The surgeon will diagnose if the surgery is needed. If surgery is needed, separate small incisions will be made and instruments such as shaving, cutting, grasping, meniscal repair etc are used. The incision is then closed with a stitch and the knee will be covered with a soft bandage.

You will be admitted to the hospital and you shall undergo medical investigations required prior to surgery. Investigation reports are evaluated and you are explained about the procedure. Pre-anesthetic check-up (PAC) is conducted and your consent for the procedure is taken.

You would be moved to OT. You would undergo spinal anesthesia and surgery will then be performed. After the surgery, you will be shifted to a normal hospital room. Pain medications would be started. You may have an X-Ray of the operated joint.

You would wear a knee immobilizer and undergo cold therapy unit on the knee. Our rehabilitation team would help you in getting mobilized.

You will get out of bed with walker or cane and perform post-operative exercises. You will be discharged with follow up instructions on medications and physiotherapy.

In the follow-up visit, the doctor will see the healing process. When the knee has healed, physical therapies will be suggested to improve your mobility. You will also be able to perform normal activities.