If your life is disrupted by knee pain that won’t go away through conservative treatments, it is time to seek more advanced treatment alternatives. You might benefit from arthroscopy as offered by Pavel Muradov MD, a minimally invasive surgeon at Integrity Orthopedics. Dr. Muradov has extensive experience offering this treatment option and can diagnose and treat most forms of knee pain. Here is more information about the procedure, including how it can help you with your painful condition.
What is it?
Knee arthroscopy is an invasive technique applied to diagnose and manage issues affecting your knee joint. It involves your provider making small incisions in your knee area and inserting a tiny camera to help them view the joint’s inner tissues on a screen. Your provider can then assess and evaluate your condition and perform corrections using small instruments where applicable or recommend other treatments depending on your needs.
Knee arthroscopy can diagnose complications such as misaligned patella and torn meniscus or repair the joint’s ligaments.
Why You Might Need the Treatment
Generally, your provider may recommend knee arthroscopy if you experience knee pain. If your provider has already diagnosed your condition, they may also order the procedure as a treatment option. Some of the knee injuries diagnosable and treatable through arthroscopy include:
Preparing for Arthroscopy
If you are experiencing pain in your knee, it would be good to schedule an appointment with your provider to learn if arthroscopy can help you. Your provider evaluates your conditions and approves if you are a good candidate for the treatment. They will also advise you on how you can prepare for the procedure; this is why it is critical to give accurate information.
It would help to brief your provider on any medications you might be taking, as you might be required to stop taking some. Your provider may also ask you to refrain from eating or drinking about 6 -12 hours before your surgery. If it is necessary to use painkillers, your provider will notify you to ensure you fill the prescriptions ahead of time.
What You Can Expect
If your provider recommends a knee arthroscopy, they might give you an anesthetic before the procedure. You may receive a local anesthetic to numb your knee only, a regional anesthetic to numb you from the waist down, or a general anesthetic to put you out completely. You might be able to follow through with the procedure through a monitor if you are not entirely asleep.
Your provider will make small incisions in your knee, and a saline solution will be pumped in to expand your knee, enabling your provider to see clearly inside the joint. Through the incisions, your provider inserts an arthroscope through which your provider will look around the joint.
If your provider identifies a problem, they can insert small tools to correct the issue. Your provider then drains the saline solution from the joint and closes the cuts with stitches.
Do not wait if knee pain is affecting the quality of your life. Reach out to Integrity Orthopedics today, and Dr. Muradov will help you understand more how you can benefit from knee arthroscopy.