Insufflation is a technique to distend the space within the knee capsule in order to break down early adhesions and restore range of motion.

 

Pre-arthroscopy capsular insufflation

Fluid is introduced into the knee before any arthroscopic or keyhole procedure, but insufflation implies that the irrigation fluid is under increased pressure in a sticky knee, with a view to actually stretching the capsule of the knee, breaking some of the adhesions and allowing the surgeon to access the back of the knee with the keyhole instruments.

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Synonyms: 
capsular insufflation, capsular distension

Q&A-style article all about arthrofibrosis.

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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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