Arthroscopic knee surgery is done to help the surgeon visualise the damage to the knee. This helps in reaching an accurate diagnosis of the medical condition that needs to be treated. It is also sometimes used to surgically treat the condition affecting the knee joint. Expertorthopaedic surgeonsat Max Hospital offer arthroscopic knee surgery in India with the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment needed to identify and treat chronic knee pain that is deemed untreatable by medication. Your doctor at Max Hospital will study your condition and recommend arthroscopy if indicated.
Why is Knee Arthroscopy Required?
Arthroscopy in India is offered by highly trained and experienced doctors at Max Hospital. This surgical procedure is used to diagnose and treat several conditions including –
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Infection of the knees
Removal of Baker’s cysts
Torn floating cartilage
Arthroscopic surgery allows the surgeon to make a small incision in the knee and place a scope with a camera into it. This arthroscopy helps the surgeon visualise the inside of the joints, the ligaments of the knee, and correct the condition with high levels of precision.
Arthroscopic surgery in India is offered by expert doctors at Max Hospital.
Your doctor will advise you about the pre-operative preparations needed to undergo this surgery. This usually involves abstaining from blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days.
You may need to abstain from smoking for a few days to allow for quicker recovery and fewer risks of complications.
Hospital admission with all records and medical reports will be necessary.
On the day of the surgery, you will need to abstain from the consumption of food and fluids for a few hours.
The procedure of Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy may be performed under general anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, or a local nerve block.
It is a bloodless surgery and a small incision is made through which saline is pumped. Now, a pencil-sized instrument is placed in the incision.
Max Hospital also offers advanced arthroscopic knee surgery in Delhi which allows the surgeon to repair some conditions affecting the knee through the same incision.
Finally, the incision is repaired by the placement of stitches and bandaging the knee.
Methods/Techniques of Knee Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is used successfully to treat many conditions. The techniques used depend on the specific condition that is diagnosed. The doctors at Max Hospital are experts at arthroscopy in India and employ some of these methods -
Arthroscopic meniscectomy is used to remove the damaged tissue on the inner edge of the meniscus if there is no blood flow.
Arthroscopic cystectomy is done to drain a cyst using a suction tool.
Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction is used to reconstruct or repair the torn ligament through the arthroscope.
Arthroscopy is also used to remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage using the accessory portals.
Your doctor will advise you about the precautions and medications needed after arthroscopic knee surgery in Delhi Max Hospital.
The bandage is usually removed within 24 hours of the surgery and dressing placed to protect the incision site.
It is normal to expect some swelling post-surgery. You may be advised to take pain medication for a few days and to ice the knee a few times a day till the swelling subsides.
Following arthroscopic surgery, you may be asked to work with a physical therapist to engage in physiotherapy and muscle strengthening exercises.
It is usually recommended that you abstain from any strenuous activity that puts pressure on the knee for a few days. You may need to keep your leg elevated for the first few days.
Complete recovery could take from a few days to a few weeks. Following up with your doctor at Max Hospital is imperative during the recovery period.
Risks and Complications
Like most major surgeries, arthroscopic knee surgery in Delhi involves certain risks and complications. Before the surgery, you will undergo a complete evaluation for your fitness to tolerate surgery. You will be advised about the risks and complications involved by the doctor at Max Hospital. You will be told to look out for signs of -
Pain or numbness in the knee
The surgery may also involve risks such as -
Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
Deep vein thrombosis
Injury to nerves or blood vessels near the incision
Need for follow up treatment/surgery
Post-surgical complications following arthroscopy are usually minor and rare. The recovery rate is much higher and quicker than open surgery.
Cost of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery in India
Knee arthroscopy costs in India can vary depending on the need for pre-surgical tests and assessment, the condition, the duration of hospital stay, the diagnosis, the techniques used to treat the condition, the anaesthesia used, and several other factors. An accurate estimate can be expected from the doctors and customer support personnel at Max Hospital.