Orthopedic Center
Friday, April 03, 2020

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Meniscus Repair of Knee


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

When it comes to treating a torn meniscus,
surgery is almost always the safest and most comfortable option.
The only alternative to surgery involves wearing a brace for 6 to 8 weeks in order to prevent the leg from bending at the knee.
A small percentage of these kinds of injuries will respond to this kind of treatment.
Surgical procedures performed by making an incision large enough to expose the entire operative area...
are called "open" procedures.
Your doctor believes that your medical condition and overall state of health make you a good candidate for less intrusive arthroscopic surgery.
An arthroscope is essentially a very small video camera that your doctor will use to guide the surgery.
Using an arthroscope the surgeon is able to operate by making one or more very small incisions... through which the sterile arthroscope, and possibly other instruments, are inserted into the body.
However, it is important to understand that during the procedure, your surgical team is always prepared to convert an arthroscopic procedure...
to an open procedure - should they feel that your condition requires a more direct approach.
If the surgical team makes this decision, you will find upon waking up that your doctor has made a larger incision and that healing may proceed more slowly. Converting to an open procedure will effect the length of your recovery and will probably require hospitalization
Of course, no surgery is completely risk free. But your physician believes that if you decide not to undergo the recommended procedure, you may be putting your health at risk.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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