Keyhole Knee Surgery Melbourne
Knee arthroscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a less invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat joint issues. Here, your surgeon investigates the knee and corrects any issues through the use of a small tool called an arthroscope. Through a camera attached to the said tool, doctors can inspect and treat the joint for any identified damage.
Knee arthroscopy has risen in popularity over the years, as the procedure requires only small cuts in the skin and shorter recovery times. The procedure also takes less than an hour, rarely ever leading to serious complications.
When is knee arthroscopy necessary?
Knee arthroscopy is usually recommended for painful conditions that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment, which includes physical therapy, rest, and other anti-inflammatory medications. The less invasive procedures can help relieve painful symptoms, especially those that damage surfaces and other soft tissues around the joint.
Here are some of the most common conditions that require knee arthroscopy:
Some conditions involving your vertebrae include:
- Repair or removal of a torn meniscus
- Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems
- Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Treatment of knee sepsis (infection)
Preparation for Knee Surgery
Although your exact plan will depend on your healthcare provider, most doctors recommended a tailored preparation plan which includes gentle exercises. You will also be required to stop taking any prescription medicine, such as ibuprofen, in the lead up to the procedure. Around 12 hours before the procedure, you will also be asked to stop eating to accommodate general anaesthesia.
The Recovery Period
As mentioned, the knee arthroscopy period is quicker than that of open surgery. You will likely be able to leave the hospital on the day of the operation, with specific instructions to help you handle recovery. However, it is crucial to note that recovery times can vary. Some individuals will be able to return to light activities in only one to three weeks, whereas others need six to eight weeks to recover.
Here are some things you need to know about the recovery process:
1 – General Recovery Practices
Although it is considered less invasive, the procedure will still leave you in pain. Applying ice packs on the dressing and around the area is recommended, as this helps reduce pain and any swelling. You will also be required to keep your leg elevated for several days, and resting well and often is tantamount to a speedy recovery.
2 – Medication
Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for your recovery, especially when it comes to prescriptions. You will likely be prescribed painkillers or over-the-counter drugs (such as paracetamol) for pain management. Aspirin may also be recommended, as this helps reduce the risk of blood clot formation.
3 – Exercises
Performing exercises before and after knee arthroscopy surgery can be beneficial, as these strengthen the muscles around the knee to help it recover fully. Your doctor will also show some simple stretches and exercises you can do at home. Remember that exercises are crucial to your recovery, so never skip out on them!
Although the aim of knee arthroscopy is a full recovery and helping the joint heal, in some cases you may find that your knee does not work quite as well as it did before it was injured. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as exercise routine adaptations may be required to help protect the joint from any further damage. Your doctor can provide guidance on how best to help your knee heal, based on your specific circumstances.
How Can Victorian Orthopaedic Spine Service Help?
It is our aim to reduce your pain and discomfort, and help you maintain your lifestyle.
Contact us today to book a consultation with Dr David Edis, where he will examine your knee and any scans you have, take note of your symptoms and provide the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
A referral is not necessary to book an appointment with us, but is required to receive Medicare rebates.
To receive the Medicare rebates for your appointment costs, you will need an up-to-date referral from either a GP (usually valid for 12 months) or from another specialist (valid for 3 months).
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All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.