(Fiberoptic Joint Examination)
|Diagnostic Arthroscopy of the Right Knee|
|Arthroscopy can be done to diagnose an injury or a condition.|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Diagnose an injury or disease inside a joint
- Remove bone or cartilage
- Repair tendons or ligaments
- Blood clots
- Swelling or bleeding
- Damage to blood vessels, nerves, or other tissue
- The need to have another surgery or more extensive surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Your doctor will likely do the following:
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- The night before, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- You may be asked to use a special soap the morning of the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
- Some meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee will be repaired by cutting out some of the cartilage.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist may be treated by loosening the ligament that puts pressure on the nerves.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Apply ice for the first 24-48 hours after surgery to help with swelling and pain.
- While resting in bed, elevate the part of your body that you had surgery on.
- Keep the incision area dry. Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- You may be instructed to use crutches or a cane for the first few days if the surgery was done on a joint in your legs.
- Take only non-aspirin containing medicines for minor pain.
- If you have stitches or staples, your doctor will remove them in 7-10 days.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
- Swelling, tingling, pain, or numbness in your toes that is not relieved by elevating your knee above heart level for one hour
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Arthroscopy Association of North America website. Available at: http://www.aana.org . Accessed July 10, 2009.
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What is arthroscopy? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00109 . Updated October 2007. Accessed July 10, 2009.
Yacub J, Rice B, Dillingham T. Nerve injury in patients after hip and knee arthroplasties and knee arthroscopy. Am J PhysMed Rehabil . 2009;88:635-641.
- Reviewer: Lawrence Frisch, MD, MPH
- Update Date: 09/26/2011 -