(Fiberoptic Joint Examination)
|Diagnostic Arthroscopy of the Right Knee|
|Arthroscopy can be done to diagnose an injury or a condition.|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Diagnose an injury or disease inside a joint
- Remove bone or cartilage
- Repair tendons or ligaments
- Blood clots
- Swelling or bleeding
- Damage to blood vessels, nerves, or other tissue
- The need to have another surgery or more extensive surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
- Some meniscal tears in the knee will be repaired by cutting out some of the cartilage.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist may be treated by loosening the ligament that puts pressure on the nerves.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
- Swelling, tingling, pain, or numbness in your toes that is not relieved by elevating your knee above heart level for one hour
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Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Arthroscopy? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00109. Updated May 2010. Accessed December 18, 2014.
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What is arthroscopy? Arthroscopy Association of North America website. Available at: http://www.aana.org/PatientInformationBrochures/WhatisArthroscopy/tabid/93/Default.aspx. Accessed December 18, 2014.
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/03/2012 -