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Bilateral Knee Arthroscopy
I am having bilateral knee arthroscopies done. Is it a bad idea to get both done at once. I know it depends alot on what they see and do once inside.
Bad idea: I think elective bilateral surgery is a bad idea. For mobility reasons, I think it's better to have staged surgery so you have a "good" or "better" leg to use to get around while the other leg is recovering. ...Read more
Arthroscopic surgery is also known as Arthroscopy. 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
Depends: Knee arthroscopy is highly dependent on the procedure being performed along with it. Trimming a torn meniscus can lead to immediate relief and return to function while acl or PCL reconstructions take 8-9 months to recover. It also depends on your conditioning before surgery. Pain from quad weakness and tendinitis will not improve at all after surgery. It will depend more on rehab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Six months after bi-lateral knee arthroscopy including: debridement, lavage and partial lateral and medial menisectomies, still in pain walking/stairs?
Thigh/calf exercises: Routine knee arthroscopy to address common injuries such as mensical tears and cartilage lesions generally allow for several basic activities geared to help prevent postoperative complications. Performing thigh muscle contractions via a straight leg raise (knee kept straight) helps prevent loss of extension and helps prepare for ambulation. Calf pumping exercises help prevent blood clots (dvt). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: After any surgery there is usually some discomfort associated with swelling and the procedure performed. Icing, medication as needed and starting physical therapy immediately following the surgery will decrease the discomfort significantly. If you were in a lot of pain prior to the surgery you will probably find you are in less pain after the 2nd-3rd week post operatively. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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