What is the arthroscopy procedure?
Even though arthroscopic surgery is less invasive in terms of recovery than open surgery, it still requires anaesthetics and specialized equipment in a hospital operating theatre or outpatient surgical suite. You will be given a general, spinal depending on the joint or suspected condition.
A small indentation will be made to implant the arthroscope (about the size of a buttonhole). To see additional parts of the joint or implant other instruments, different incisions may be required.
During corrective surgery, specific tools are delivered into the joint through accessory incisions. Initially, arthroscopy was solely used to plan open surgery as a diagnostic tool. Arthroscopy techniques may now be utilised to treat a wide spectrum of disorders because of the advancement of better instruments and surgical procedures.
After surgery, the tiny incisions will be wrapped with a bandage. You will be moved to a recovery room from the operating room. Many people just need a tiny dose of pain medicine.
Before being discharged, you will be given advice on how to care for your incisions, which activities to avoid, and which exercises to do to aid your recovery. During your follow-up visit, the surgeon will examine your incisions, remove any sutures if required, and review your rehabilitation plan.
The severity of your problem will influence the amount of surgery and recovery time required. Occasionally, during arthroscopy, the surgeon will discover that the damage or condition cannot be successfully addressed by arthroscopy alone. More extensive open surgery may be performed while you are still sedated, or after you have discussed the findings with your physician.