Arthroscopic Knee Debridement

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One of the great advantages of knee arthroscopy is that you may start walking on the operated knee right away. Pain is quite common, most often in the area where you had pain before surgery, in the soft tissues below the knee cap, over the arthroscopy wounds, and occasionally the whole knee. The pain settles usually within two to three weeks but may take upwards of six weeks.
The actual surgery time is usually about 30 minutes. If extensive work is needed, the procedure may last up to 45 minutes. Most people "go to sleep completely" during surgery with a general anesthetic.
You will probably need about 6 weeks to recover. If your doctor repaired damaged tissue, recovery will take longer. You may have to limit your activity until your knee strength and movement are back to normal. You may also be in a physical rehabilitation program.
The possible complications following a knee arthroscopy include: Infection, Thrombophlebitis (clots in a vein), Artery damage, Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), Allergic reaction to the anesthesia, Nerve damage, Numbness at the incision sites, Ongoing pain in the calf and foot.
Regular exercise to restore strength and mobility to your knee is important for your full recovery after arthroscopic surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist may recommend that you exercise for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.


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