The ligaments/menisci/cartilage can get injured by a wide spectrum of injuries from simple twisting injuries or severe injuries like Sports,fall from height and Road Traffic Accidents.
Almost all conditions of the knee can be treated by arthroscopy of the knee. Meniscus tears, Anterior cruciate ligament tear, Recurrent dislocation of patella (knee dislocation), Posterior cruciate ligament tear, Multi ligament injury knee, Osteoarthritis knee, Rheumatoid arthritis knee, Gouty arthritis, Tuberculosis knee, Septic arthritis knee, Knee swelling of unknown causes, etc.
1-2 days(patients prefer weekend surgery)
No. Besides white-collar job professionals return to work the same week
Two small stitches are only needed. Hence scars are small and cosmetically appealing. In males, the presence of hair, obscures the scar completely.
In case of meniscal resections, the patient can go back to work in a couple of days itself once they are comfortable, especially for deskjobs and IT professionals. In case of meniscal repairs, the patient can go back to work with some restrictions in day-to-day activities.
Patients usually start driving cars in a week or two, based on their comfort.
Spinal anaesthesia or short general anaesthesia is sufficient usually
If the patient is fit and there are no other comorbid medical illnesses, he/she can get discharged on the same day or next day morning.
Definetely yes. Surgery is only half the battle. Adequate exercising with preplanned protocols under the guidance of your surgeon and physiotherapist is mandatory and ensures good successful results. A brace maybe needed for some time to protect the reconstructed ligament.
I meniscal repair has been performed, you may need crutches for some time.
The patient can usually return to sports in 4-8 weeks