A 30-year-old member asked:
is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?
2 doctor answers
Dr. John Ayres answered
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Arthroscopy means the procedure is done through small incisions, but it doesn't tell us what is done. It could be debridement of a small mensical tear (mild pain) or a major ligament reconstruction e.g. Acl repair, (which would be more painful). It also depends on how tight your knee is, if a tourniquet is used and if so, for how long, and your tolerance of pain. Typically its not too bad.
Answered on Nov 15, 2019
Dr. Greg Hicken answered
Specializes in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Not particularly. : Most arthroscopic knee surgery is not too painful and can be controlled with mild narcotics, anti-inflammatories, ice and rest. Arthroscopic acl and PCL reconstructions are more painful but still routinely done as outpatient surgery.
Answered on May 13, 2019
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