Are there benefits in having knee arthroscopic surgery for arthritis?

Possibly. There was a studydone in texas a few years ago that suggested that arthroscopy forknee problems was not more effective than placebo.Having said that I have seen people improve as well as no improvement after arthroscopy. If there is a clear cut meniscus tear, arthroscopy can be helpful. If there is generalized arthritis, i feel it is less likely to be helpful . Others may have a different opinion.
Yes. If there is torn cartilage or mechanical symptoms, arthroscopy can sometimes be helpful. Whether it is effective for general arthritic symptoms is controversial.

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Is it okay to take arthritus drug mobic (meloxicam) just prior to having arthroscopic surgery on my knee?

Should be... I usually don't have my patients stop their nsaid's prior to elective (and minimally invasive) surgery. Your surgeon may have other ideas though. Ask the doctor who is going to perform the procedure. Read more...
Typically not. All arthritis drugs call nsaids except Celebrex (celecoxib) are known to affect how well platelets help the body stop bleeding. That can affect your ability to stop bleeding after surgery. So, i usually request patients stop their nsaids one week prior to surgery. Read more...

What can I expect after having knee arthroscopic surgery?

Mild pain, swelling. Knee arthroscopy is currently routinely an outpatient procedure. Depending upon the degree of damage and also upon what exactly is done inside your knee during the arthroscopy, you may have anywhere from minimal to moderate pain. A simple removal of torn tissue or a loose body would cause minimal pain and allow for rapid recuperation. Meniscal repair or acl reconstruction causes moderate pain. Read more...

Whats recovery time for knee arthroscopic surgery?

4-8 weeks. For straightforward partial menisectomy (removing part of meniscus) it is typically a quick recovery. Generally crutches are given for comfort but you can be weightbearing as tolerated. Once swelling and pain are reduced and you achieve full range of motion (2-4 weeks, generally) you can begin resuming activities. But you should speak to your orthopedist to get realistic expectations. Read more...

Why is it that cycling is allowed after knee arthroscopic surgery?

Non-impact. Generally well tolerated non-impact activity helping to restore motion. Motion of this nature has been shown to be important factor for cartilage well-being and over-all muscle strength/tone. Also helps to maintain cardiovascular fitness. Read more...

After left knee arthroscopic surgery can I drive myself home 3 hours?

No. Our facility ask some body to be with you to drive you home. Read more...
Wait 24 hrs. You should not drive for 24 hrs after surgery or if you are on pain meds (or other meds that can affect alertness and motor skills). Read more...