Do you experience severe pain in your knee or elbow? You might have a problem in your knee or elbow. Your doctor will detect the problem with the help of an Arthroscopy. An arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to detect and correct problems in knees and joints. What are the problems? Read on…
When you fall down, you might hurt your joints. Your joints might need some repair. To know the condition of your bones and joints your doctor will suggest you an arthroscopy.
When you ride 2 wheelers, sometimes you might lose balance or you might fall because of situations caused by sudden brakes, when you fall down with force, you might hurt your bones and joints.
What is arthroscopy?
To detect the changes in the bones and joints and to correct the bones and joints, you should go for arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. This means that the procedure is carried out only with the help of small incisions. It doesn’t involve large incisions.
Since it is a minimally invasive procedure it includes less recovery time . It may also increase the rate of success since it causes less trauma to the connective tissues. An arthroscopy can be carried out on various parts of body. They include knee, foot, elbow and hip.
Arthroscopic procedures can also treat spinal tumors, spinal deformity, degenerative discs, general spine trauma etc.
When should you go for arthroscopy?
You might need an arthroscopy in the following conditions:
- When doctors are not able to diagnose a condition with the help of X-rays. blood tests, CT scans, MRI etc.
- It is used to perform surgery
What type of surgeries can be performed through arthroscopy?
The following surgeries can be performed through arthroscopy:
- Removal of extra calcium deposits on the bone
- Repair of soft tissues such as tendons, cartilage or ligament
- Collection of a sample of joint tissue or joint fluid for the purpose of laboratory analysis
- Removal of inflamed area of joint lining and scar tissue
- Removal of a Baker’s cyst
- Bone fractures
Procedure of arthroscopy
Before your doctor performs arthroscopy, he will give you a local or general anesthesia. In the case of knee arthroscopy, he will make small incisions on knee. Sterile salt water is then pumped into your knee, this is done to expand your knee so that your surgeon can have a clear view of your knee. Then a wire with a camera at the end called arthroscope will be inserted through one of the incisions. Your surgeon will look around your joints with the help of the arthroscope. The images produced by the camera will be shown on a monitor.
If your surgeon detects a problem in your joints, he will insert some small tools to correct the problem in your joints. Then, the saline water is drained and the cuts are stitched.
What are the benefits of arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy has many benefits. The benefits are as follows:
- Less painful
- Less costly
- Quicker recovery time
- Can be performed on an outpatient basis
Arthroscopy surgery can be performed for the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory, non-inflammatory, infectious types of arthritis and various injuries within the joint.
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