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Knee Scope Surgery Explained

Written by Knees and Hips on February 14, 2014

Knee scope surgery is an innovative surgical procedure, which uses a small scope in order to perform the surgery on your knee. This is the most minimally invasive surgical treatment available today, as it gives your doctor the opportunity to look inside your knee joint using a tiny camera, to highlight the exact problem that you are experiencing. This gives your surgeon the opportunity to discern which knee surgery is best for you, so you can take advantage of the fewest risks and fastest recovery. What happens during knee scope surgery is a surgeon will create a small which will allow them to get into your knee joint at the specific area you are having issues. This gives them the opportunity to view your knee, while avoiding vital nerves and blood vessels in your knee, so they can simply repair the damage through that one small hole.

What they do is simply insert a small camera and your knee, and depending on your specific condition, the procedure takes from 30 minutes to one hour and is an outpatient procedure. Generally, knee scope surgery is used for individuals that are in need of a diagnosis for their knee pain, because the scope can give the surgeon the opportunity to see exactly what and where the damage is located. In addition, knee scope surgeries are used in order to repair and replace knee cartilage, menisci, hemarthrosis and torn cartilage. As with any surgery, there are certain risks associated with knee scope surgery. The most common risks associated with knee scope surgery include urinary retention, deep vein thrombosis, edema, electrolyte imbalance and renal failure. Although these are extremely rare complications, they can happen occasionally. Additionally, when it comes to any type of surgery, you run the risk of pneumonia in general anesthesia applications, hyperglycemia if you are a diabetic, and possibly delirium tremens, but only if you are a very heavy drinker.

Because knee scope surgery is minimally invasive, it often means that your recovery period will be much shorter than other types of surgery. However, it also depends on the severity of the lesion, the type of lesion, your age, your physical attributes and the condition of your knees. Most often, your recovery time will be from 3 to 4 weeks, which is far faster than traditional knee surgery. However, it is vital that you follow doctor’s orders to ensure the best possible recovery. Commonly, following any type of need scope surgery, you will experience swelling in that area. For this reason, you will want to apply ice as recommended and keep your leg elevated. In addition, your surgeon will inform you about proper wound care and weight bearing, so you want to be sure to follow those instructions closely to ensure that your knee surgery is not always successful, but lasts. Overall, knee scope surgery depends entirely upon the injuries that you have, your age, body type and other factors that your surgeon will be able to tell you about, but it is a very effective and minimally invasive procedure that can get you back on your feet very quickly.