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what can you do before knee arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Knee arthrosccopy: Prior to undegoing knee arthroscopy, as in any other surgical situation, you must be well informed about your non surgical options and should have followed thru with conservative treatment options as outlined by your treating physician. Once you are scheduled for knee arthroscopy, you must follow the preop instructions provided by your surgeon and the hospital.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Depends on injury: For pain relief, ice, nsaids, braces, cortisone injections are commonly used but i would need to know your diagnosis to properly guide you.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Knee arthroscopy: A thorough pt regimen should be carried out with instruction in how to use a cane and/or crutches. Additional instruction on going up and down stairs should be performed.
Dr. Allan Tissenbaum
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Exercise: If no repair was done you need to work on range of motion and strength, also use ice
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
If no repair, U can use NSAIDS if U R able.
Jul 22, 2014
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
4 what reason? : Need a lot more information as the type of procure has its own post op protocol.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery: a surgical procedure where your MD will make a few holes to look inside your knee with a scope and camera and take care of the problem inside with small instruments .

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What are some complications of knee arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Several, but rare...: Generally, arthroscopy is a very safe procedure. Common side effects include swelling, pain, and muscle weakness, all which should resolve with time and rehabilitation. Rare but potential side complications can include anesthetic-related complications, infection, or dvt/pe (deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism), or nerve or blood vessel injury. Procedure-specific risks are also present.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the alternatives to knee arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Open surgery/therapy: Knee arthroscopy is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures performed in the U.S. For the treatment of cartilage, mensical, and ligamentous injuries. Arthroscopy is also useful to remove loose bodies, treat early knee joint infections, assist with fracture management about the knee joint. Physical therapy or rest is often prescribed to allow healing and recovery without surgery.
A 28-year-old member asked:

How can I treat diagnostic knee arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Advance as tolerated: A diagnostic knee arthroscopy is a limited procedure, whereby the joint is entered and the staus of the named structures (cartilage, synovium, ligaments, and meniscii) are all documented. No actual debridement, repai, or reconstruction of injured tissues is performed. Because of this low morbidity, your activities can essentially advance as tolerated. Discuss details of your case with your surgeon.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

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Dr. Shyam Kishan
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Minimally Invasive: A small video camera is inserted through tiny poke-holes in the skin, into the knee and the insides of the knee visualized. Other instruments may be inserted through similar small incisions to work on damaged structures. It is minimally invasive surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Do they tourniquet you during knee arthroscopy?

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Dr. Keith Joe
Dr. Keith Joe answered
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Use of tourniquet during surgery for knee scopes is variable, can be surgery and surgeon dependent. Will depend on what the surgery is for, as long as there is good visualization during the arthroscopy then a tourniquet may not be needed. But there is no one right answer for this.

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