Preparing For ArthroscopyFriday, March 16, 2012 - 16:54
Arthroscopic surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. In most cases, you will return home the same day. If the repair is complicated or if an open surgical incision is required, you may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two.
Routine preoperative tests include analyses of blood and urine. Depending on your age, you may require a chest x-ray and EKG (an electrocardiogram, to measure the regularity of the heartbeat). You also will meet the anesthesiologist, who may offer you a choice of anesthesia:
- General anesthesia. If you choose general anesthesia, you will be asleep during the procedure.
- A regional anesthetic called an interscalene block. The anesthesiologist will insert a small needle near the base of the neck and inject an anesthetic agent that temporarily numbs the shoulder and arm. If you receive an interscalene block, you will be awake during the procedure. In most cases, you will also receive a mild sedative. You may be able to watch the procedure on the TV monitor.
Need To Know
Be sure to tell your doctor:
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