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Is anesthesia used during knee arthroscopy?

Is anesthesia used during knee arthroscopy?

Yes: Your options are general, spinal, or local with sedation. Discuss with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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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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How long does it take to wake up from the anesthesia from a knee arthroscopy?

It depend on : What you get, but not long. These are typically done on an outpatient basis and people go home quickly without any issues. ...Read more

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I'm going to have a knee arthroscopy: should I go for local or general anaesthesia?

I'm going to have a knee arthroscopy: should I go for local or general anaesthesia?

Either works fine --: Talk it over with your surgeon and the anesthetist to determine what will be good for you, from their perspective. A good discussion will go a long way to allay your anxiety about it and the surgery. Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more

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What is a knee arthroscopy?

What is a knee arthroscopy?

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 . ...Read more

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What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Two or three portals are typically made and the arthroscope is maneuvered around the knee with inspection of all three compartments: patellofemoral, medial and lateral compartment. The menisci, articular cartilage and cruciate ligaments are inspected and if damaged are addressed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a knee arthroscopy?

What to do if I have a knee arthroscopy?

Exercise: If no repair was done you need to work on range of motion and strength, also use ice ...Read more

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Pain around incisions after knee arthroscopy?

Dr. Allen Lu Dr. Lu
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A number of reasons: The typical incision sites for knee arthroscopy lies over a number of structures that can be the source of pain after arthroscopy. 1) the skin itself, 2) superficial nerves crossing the incision that were cut, 3) the meniscus underlying the incision, 4) the cartilage that is directly deep to the incision. Any of these can be the source of pain. ...Read more

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Do they tourniquet you during knee arthroscopy?

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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. ...Read more

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How to treat pain 7 months after a knee arthroscopy?

How to treat pain 7 months after a knee arthroscopy?

Depends: Depends on why you had arthroscopy to start with. Uncomplicated meniscal tears usual improve in 2-6 weeks. If there is arthritis present the pain may never completely resolve. For more involved arthroscopic procedures it is anyone's quess as to how long the pain may persists. Your surgeon is the best one to advise in this matter. ...Read more

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Will I have an anesthetic during a knee arthroscopy?

Will I have an anesthetic during a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Arthroscopy may be performed under local anesthesia, local anesthesia w/ sedation, spinal/epidural or general anesthesia. Much will depend on surgeon and regional anesthesia provider preferences. All are very safe when performed properly. I would recommend discussion with your anesthesiologist and surgeon preoperatively to decide on the best options for your particular situation. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from knee arthroscopy surgery?

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How long does it take to recover from knee arthroscopy surgery?

1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling to last post knee arthroscopy?

How long should I expect swelling to last post knee arthroscopy?

Swelling : Swelling after a knee scope can last several days to several weeks. It depends on what was done, the amount if any of swelling prior to surgery and how long the surgery takes. Arthroscopy is done with fluid distention and the fluid is not all removed at the end of surgery. Most of my patients have some swelling for a week or less. If swelling perists then the knee may need to be drained. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

Procedure dependent: It would depend on what was performed. You may be able to return to running within 4 week. ...Read more

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I am going to have a knee arthroscopy. How long will i need to take off school for?

I am going to have a knee arthroscopy. How long will i need to take off school for?

A few days: Most of my patients take a few days off after surgery but it may take a few weeks before you have the endurance for long distances and stairclimbing. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use polar pack overnight 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy? It feels good. I just want to make sure I'm not over icing. Thanks

Is it ok to use polar pack overnight 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy? It feels good. I just want to make sure I'm not over icing. Thanks

It is ice: There's a (small, tiny) danger of getting frostbite from putting ice onto an area. If it were frozen in a subzero freezer, the direct contact might burn the skin. And, do those last overnight ?!? I'd think they would melt after an hour or two. Otherwise, they're a pretty standard therapy. The only reason I don't use it on everyone All The Time, is typically most of the benefit is first day. YRMV ...Read more

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Had a knee arthroscopy done 3 times. Twice in 2004 and once in 2005. To this day i still have pain, discomfort, and swelling. Why is that?

Knee scope: The answer can be multifactorial. Ensure that you have no systemic illness, autoimmune disorder or side effect of medication that is causing knee pain. Have your hip and lower back evaluated. Have a new standing p/a x rays and MRI performed and seek a second and/or third opinion. ...Read more

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I got a knee arthroscopy on 11/22/13?

I got a knee arthroscopy on 11/22/13?

Consult your doctor: Go for the test and review the results with your physician. ...Read more

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What can you do before knee arthroscopy ?

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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 more

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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


Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more