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Arthroscopy

General anesthesia

Depending on the length of the operation, it may be better for you to be unconscious during the procedure. General anesthesia is delivered intravenously.
You'll be placed in the best position for the procedure you're having.
This may be on your back, on your stomach or on your side. The limb being worked on will be placed in a positioning device, and a tourniquet may be used to decrease blood loss and make it easier to see inside the joint.
Another technique to improve the view inside your joint is to fill it with a sterile fluid, which helps distend the area and provide more maneuvering room.
One small incision will admit the viewing device.
Additional small incisions at different points around the joint allow the surgeon to insert surgical tools to grasp, cut, grind and provide suction as needed for joint repair.
Each incision will be less than 1/4 inch (7 millimeters) long and can be closed with one or two stitches, or with narrow strips of sterile adhesive tape

After the procedure

Your aftercare may include.

Medications

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as medication to relieve pain and inflammation.

R.I.C.E.

At home, you'll need to rest, ice, compress and elevate the joint for several days to reduce swelling and pain.

Protection

You may need to temporarily use splints, slings or crutches for comfort and protection.

Exercises

Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy and rehabilitation to help strengthen your muscles and improve the function of your joint.

Call your surgeon if you develop:

A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher

Pain not helped by medication

Drainage from your incision

Redness or swelling

New numbness or tingling

In general, you should be able to resume desk work and light activity in a week, and more strenuous activity in about four weeks.
Remember, however, that your situation may dictate a longer recovery period, along with rehabilitation

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