This surgery uses small instruments and a camera to look inside the knee joint and treat a torn meniscus.
A knee arthroscopy is a surgery that uses small medical instruments and a camera to look inside the knee joint to treat certain problems, such as a tear in the meniscus. The instruments are inserted into the knee joint through small incisions made in different areas of the knee.
Some of the symptoms that may indicate an injury to the meniscus include a popping sound at the time of the injury; pain and/or swelling of the knee; or frequent catching or locking. Locking occurs when there is a temporary inability to move the knee joint.
If you injury your knee, you may be given some instructions to decrease your symptoms and prevent further injury to the knee joint. These may include:
Symptoms related to many meniscal tears resolve without surgery. The decision to perform surgery will take into consideration many factors such as a person's overall physical condition and general activity level.
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over the counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
During your arthroscopy, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free. Anesthesia may include one of the following:
You will probably go home the day of your surgery.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a knee arthroscopy to repair the meniscus in my knee?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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