What to Expect When Getting an Arthroscopy

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If you are experiencing severe joint pain and the cause cannot be identified, then your orthopaedic doctor may schedule an arthroscopic procedure. This procedure allows your doctor to look at the inside of your joint so the pain can be diagnosed and treated accurately.

  • Before Your Arthroscopy
    An arthroscopy is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, so an overnight stay is not required. Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history, including whether you have a history of arthritis or have recently received an X-ray of your joint using contrast material. Injected radiocontrast agents can cause inflammation and may make the procedure more difficult. Depending on the type of anesthetic that will be used during your arthroscopy, you may have to make arrangements to be driven home after the procedure.
  • During the Procedure
    During an arthroscopy , the joint alone may be numbed using a local anesthetic, the entire limb may be numbed with a regional anesthetic, or you may be given a general anesthetic and be unconscious during the procedure. A small incision is then made near the joint through which the arthroscope is inserted. Your orthopaedic doctor will view the inside of your joint on a video monitor; both videos and photographs may be recorded. When your doctor has finished viewing your joint, the arthroscope is removed and the incision is closed with stitches.
  • After Your Arthroscopy
    During recovery, you may need to rest your joint for several days. Depending on the joint affected, crutches or a sling may be necessary for support. Your doctor will recommend the right amount of rest and may also suggest using pain medicine or icing the joint during recovery. Based on your results, your surgeon may recommend surgery, physical therapy, or medicine to help treat your joint pain.

For more information about arthroscopy, call the orthopaedic surgeons of MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900. We are a full-service treatment and rehabilitation practice and our physicians have the experience to successfully treat your joint pain.

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