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Arthroscopy Of The Knee

Frequently Asked Questions: Arthroscopy Of The Knee

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 16:39

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are some frequently asked questions related to arthroscopy of the knee.

Q: What types of knee problems can arthroscopy help?

A: Arthroscopy may help relieve problems of persistent pain, catching, or swelling in your knee due to meniscal tears, cruciate ligament injuries or loose bodies in the knee.

Q: Why is my knee prone to injury?

A: There are many soft tissue components to the knee, making it vulnerable for various types of injuries. The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured.

Q: What's the advantage to having local instead of general anesthesia?

A: While the risk of problems with any type of anesthesia is small, there are fewer risks associated with local anesthesia than with general. In addition, local anesthesia is less expensive than general, and recovery in most cases is quicker.

Q: My doctor told me I've injured my cruciate ligament. Does this mean I have to have surgery?

A: Not all cruciate ligament injuries need to be reconstructed. You need to discuss with your doctor your lifestyle and level of activity. If you have a sedentary-type job and are not active in your leisure time, you may not require surgery.

Q: Do knee injuries from playing sports happen only to professional athletes?

A: Unfortunately, knee injuries during sports can happen to anyone. A casual game of soccer can turn into a painful and debilitating injury for someone whose body is unprepared for athletics. Knee injuries can happen during an impromptu volleyball game at your company picnic, when your are heading out to the ski slopes on your first free weekend in a while, or even while playing a game of catch with your children.

Q: How much physical therapy will I need after the ACL reconstruction?

A: One of the main priorities after ACL reconstruction is to regain the knee range of motion. This along with establishing a good strengthening program is usually best done two to three times per week for the first four to six weeks. Because many insurance policies will not cover this many visits to the therapist, an independent home program may need to be instructed earlier. Compliance in performing the exercises in and out of the clinic is the key.

Q: I like to snow and water ski. Can I still do these activities after ACL reconstruction?

A: Unless the surgeon advises otherwise, most people return to enjoying both of these sports with the use of a brace. However, remember every individual injury is different. Following the recommendations of the surgeon is of utmost importance.

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