What Is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic knee surgery is a surgical procedure in which a small camera (arthroscope) is inserted into the knee joint. Usually arthroscopic knee surgery in Singapore is viewed on a monitor so that the whole operating team is aware of the type of surgical procedure that is being performed.
What Can Be Seen And Done With The Arthroscope?
The arthroscope allows the surgeon to see many structures inside the joint. The development of specialised instrumentation has increased the repertoire of the arthroscopic surgeon in dealing with pathology in the various joints.
During the procedure, which is conducted under anaesthesia, the inside of the joint is examined for damaged tissue. The most common types of arthroscopic surgery in Singapore are performed on the knee or shoulder.
These include removal or repair of torn structures, for instance: ligament reconstruction in the knee (ACL or PCL reconstruction surgery), stabilisation of the shoulder or repair of the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. Other reconstruction treatments available in Singapore include the removal of loose debris and trimming damaged cartilage.
What Are The Benefits Of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?
Arthroscopes are approximately 5 mm in diameter, so the incisions are very small (approximately 1/8 inch). Arthroscopy is much less traumatic to the muscles, ligaments, and tissues than the traditional method of performing “open” surgery with long incisions (arthrotomy).
The benefits of arthroscopy include smaller incisions, faster healing, more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis, so the patient is able to return home on the same day.
Some common conditions in which our clinicians routinely use arthroscopic surgery in Singapore include:
- ACL, PCL and other ligament reconstructions about the knee joint
- Meniscus tears of the knee
- debridement as well as repair
- Shoulder dislocation and instability
- Shoulder rotator cuff disease and tears
- Loose bodies in the shoulder, knee, elbow or ankle
- Cartilage ulcers in the knee and ankle
- Certain operations involving the elbow, ankle and even hip
- Assisting in the treatment of certain fractures involving joints
What Is The Prognosis After Surgery?
The prognosis depends entirely upon what was found and what was done at the time of surgery. With proper physio and conditioning most patients return to active sports and daily activities.
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