Injuries related to work, sports, arthritis or wear and tear can cause inflammation, pain and diminished mobility within the knee joint.
Arthroscopy provides a clear picture of the knee as a whole, allowing a surgeon to determine whether other types of surgery may be beneficial. It can also be used a process to wash out the knee joint, repaid damaged ligaments, trim and remove tears to cartilage, and remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage.
Knee arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure and so you will likely be sent home on the same day. For the first 48-72 hours you may be asked to perform RICE therapy – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
Your surgeon may also advise the use of crutches during movement to assist your knee with weight bearing strain. Gradually this will ease and you will be able to rely on the knee by itself.