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Is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?

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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Greg Hicken
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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