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Are there any side effects to arthroscopy procedures?

Are there any side effects to arthroscopy procedures?

Yes: Side effects include the scars of the procedure, which you can see on the skin, but also include the underlying subcutaneous tissue and joint capsule, scarring around the fat pad, which lies just behind the patella tendon, some reactive capsulitis, occasional numbness, especially the lateral (outside) of the knee, and then the side effects of whatever is done, which should include less pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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What are the side effects of arthroscopy on the knee joint?

What are the side effects of arthroscopy on the knee joint?

Pain swelling: Since you do invade the joint with the scope, your joint responds like it has been injured. Pain, swelling, stiffness, leg soreness. Post scope, gentle exercises, stationary bike, pain meds, ice, and rest are all helpful in the recovery. Don't be impatient, recovery often takes longer than expected. Give your joint time and gentle care. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a doctor tightened my ACL and scraped out alot of ruff tissue in my knee during an arthroscopy and bone softening? side effects?

What does it mean if a doctor tightened my ACL and scraped out alot of ruff tissue in my knee during an arthroscopy and bone softening? side effects?

Post surgical pain: This sounds like a simple arthroscopy with debridement. The tightening of the ACL a little more involved and not as common. The usual side effects are common post surgical problems. Pain, swelling, possible decreased range of motion. These should pass and resolve thoroughly with proper care and physical therapy. ...Read more

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I am an active 31 years old male. I got done a slight menisectomy via arthroscopy. The doctors used prednisolone in the wound and gave cipro for profilaxis. I don't like fq's side effects. Any good antibiotics alternatives for my surgery profilaxis?

I am an active 31 years old male. I got done a slight menisectomy via arthroscopy. The doctors used prednisolone in the wound and gave cipro for profilaxis. I don't like fq's side effects. Any good antibiotics alternatives for my surgery profilaxis?

Prophylaxis: Giving antibiotics postoperatively is not prophylactic, it is therapy for existing infection. To do this intelligently you should have evidence of infection, be cultured and treatment based on the sensitivity to antibiotics of the organism isolated. The chance of infection due to arthroscopic meniscectomy is very low, assuming that appropriate sterile precautions were taken. ...Read more

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Ankle pain from arthroscopy procedure. What to do?

Ankle pain from arthroscopy procedure. What to do?

Call your doc: I am assuming you had an ankle scope? I would contact the surgeon's office. Make sure you can move your toes and that you have good blood flow as well. Did they use a pain block? ...Read more

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How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?

How long does a shoulder arthroscopy procedure take?

It depends.: There are different types of arthroscopic shoulder procedures like subacromial decompression, labral repair, rotator cuff repair, to name a few. Most take less than an hour to an hour, but more complex procedures or procedures on patients who have a large body habitus typically take longer. ...Read more

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Is knee arthroscopy a very common procedure?

Is knee arthroscopy a very common procedure?

Yes: Knee arthroscope surgery is very common. Usually it entails cleaning up the inside structures of the knee so the knee joint mechanically functions better. ...Read more

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How long could a torn ACL arthroscopy procedure take?

How long could a torn ACL arthroscopy procedure take?

Varies: Average 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Depends on actual procedures performed which could include meniscal repairs and cartilage work. Possibly as long as 3 hours. ...Read more

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What is Arthroscopy left ankle synovectomy and loose body excision procedure?

What is Arthroscopy left ankle synovectomy and loose body excision procedure?

It means U had--: --an arthroscopic procedure done on Ur ankle &loose fragments were removed, & loose bodies in a joint can cause an inflammatory response, & the inflamed synovial tissue was removed. ...Read more

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Still have swelling above left of left knee 2 weeks after arthroscopy. Also pain in left side. Is this normal?

Still have swelling above left of left knee 2 weeks after arthroscopy. Also pain in left side. Is this normal?

Possible: Depending on the severity of your underlying diseases and inflammation, the swelling 2 weeks later may be normal. Discuss with your Ortho dr. and ask all the questions to them as they know your case the best. Good wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more