Arthroscopic knee surgery is an operation performed to resolve abnormal conditions in the knee region. Arthroscopy is also used as a diagnostic method. Once the problem is identified, the treatment phase can be started. Other tissues are not damaged during this procedure, which is made by opening small holes without incision.
How is Closed Knee Surgery Performed?
Before knee surgery, local anesthesia is usually applied and the area to be treated is anesthetized. If the operation will take too long or if there are other factors, a different anesthesia technique can be applied.
Closed knee surgery is performed with the help of two holes made on the kneecap.
While a device with a camera is passed through one hole, the surgical material to be treated is passed through the other hole.
The images taken by the camera are transferred to a monitor and the doctor performs the operation by looking at these images.
Return to Normal Life After Surgery
After closed knee surgery, different recommendations can be given according to the degree of the operation. If simple procedures were performed, the patient can walk normally a few days after the operation. In bone and cartilage procedures, it is avoided to load the knee for 1 and a half months. Crutches are used to avoid straining the knee until normal walking begins. As always, activities that will overload the knee should be avoided after surgery.
In Which Situations?
Knee surgery is decided for the diseases that are caused by the knee area and do not improve with medication or physical therapy methods. Especially in cases that negatively affect the daily life of the patient, surgery will be a savior. In general, the conditions that require arthroscopic knee surgery are as follows;
Damage to anterior and posterior cruciate connective tissue of the knee
Surgery becomes mandatory when these conditions do not respond to treatments other than surgery. If the treatment is neglected, the underlying problems should be resolved as soon as possible, as the severity of the discomfort and symptoms will increase.