One of the most frequently done surgical procedures that keeps us busy these days is arthroscopic knee surgery. As much as we’d like to, we can’t promise surgery will improve your tennis game, your golf swing or your dance style. What we can promise is that your recovery time will be a fraction of what it used to be to recover from knee surgery.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a physician uses an arthroscope to evaluate and treat meniscus injuries, for the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and to treat cartilage microfracturing.
During arthroscopic knee surgery a small camera is used to see the inside of the joint. This camera is inserted into the knee through a very small incision that is made. The surgeon will then make one more incision to use another surgical tool required to work on the joint. After the surgery, the incisions will be stitched and covered with a bandage for a few days to keep the area clean.
Because arthroscopic knee surgery is less invasive, recovery time is faster and the success rate of the procedure is increased. The success rate rises because there is decreased trauma done to the joint and its connective tissues. There is also less scarring. In order to allow space for the surgeon to work inside the knee joint irrigation fluid will be put into the knee joint. This fluid can sometimes leak into the surrounding soft tissue and cause temporary edema (swelling). This passes quickly after surgery.
One of the greatest benefits of arthroscopy is that most patients can return home, walking with a pair of crutches the same day, or within 24 hours. If you live on the Grand Strand of South Carolina, Carolina Center For Joint Preservation & Replacement is the perfect choice when looking for Myrtle Beach arthroscopic knee surgery providers.