If you suffer from pain or mobility issues in the knee, a skilled orthopedic surgeon may use arthroscopy, a surgical procedure in which a very small camera gives your surgeon a detailed, high resolution view of the joints and muscles in knee, allowing for a doctor to diagnose and treat issues in the knee with minimally invasive surgery.
What are some common issues with the knee?
If you have any of the following issues with the knee, our team of orthopedic surgeons in Camden, SC may use knee arthroscopy to examine, diagnose, and treat the issue:
- ACL Injuries
- Knee Fractures
- Meniscus tearing or inflammation
- Dislocated knee
- Knee pain
- Locking joints
- Mobility problems (can’t flex, can’t straighten the leg out)
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Do I need knee surgery?
Depending on the outcome of diagnosis and the level of pain, surgery may be your best option. Of course, there are other solutions, such as physical therapy and medication, but each patient and each diagnosis is different. If your pain is severe enough, your condition may warrant surgery.
Benefits of knee arthroscopy over open surgery.
As with most minimally invasive surgeries, arthroscopic knee surgery offers the following generalized benefits:
- Less healing time
- Lower chance of infection
- Lower amount or likelihood of scarring
- Lesser amount of blood loss
What happens in Arthroscopy?
When you arrive, you’ll go through prep by the staff at our orthopedic surgery office. You’ll be given anesthesia depending on your needs.
We’ll make a series of small incisions, one for the camera unit itself, and others based on other tools that need to be used. Most commonly, two to three incisions will be made. The surgery generally does not take long, but the length of the surgery will depend on your needs as a patient.
Recovering from arthroscopic surgery
Depending on the surgery performed, arthroscopic surgery may require some outpatient treatment. Most recovery after an arthroscopic knee surgery will take less time than open knee surgery. Recovery will include a mix and balance of the following
- Pain Management
- Wound Debriding
- Weight Redistribution
- Physical Therapy and Exercise
Your surgeons and doctors will determine the best option for your recovery and overall care. Generally, you will be able to recover fully and return to your regular activities after 6-8 weeks.
Knee Surgery in Camden, SC
If knee pain or mobility problems have kept you from being at your best, contact the surgical experts in Kershaw County, Camden Bone & Joint.