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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Cora on August 19, 2004, 06:38:09 AM

Title: What is arthoscopic surgery?
Post by: Cora on August 19, 2004, 06:38:09 AM
Is arthoscopy an actually cleaning out of the joint?  If so then what is chondroplasty?  I thought that is cleaning the joint out or is that specifically shaving the patella?

Often I hear it is easy to recover from arthoscopic surgery but chondroplasty takes a while and success is not as high as I'd like when I check info out.  I don't hear a lot of bad stuff about arthoscopy but I thought arthoscopic surgery was just inserting the arthoscope to diagnose the knee and if anything was done to the joint it was a seperate surgery.  Now I am confused.  

My OS mentioned surgery if I am not better in a few months.  (it's already been a few months).  I want to know the difference of the two surgeries because I want to weigh what is worth it and what isn't depending.  He wants to clean it out and I am not sure what he means by that and what the specific term would be so I can research this.
Title: Re: What is arthoscopic surgery?
Post by: sfmama on August 19, 2004, 08:51:57 AM
Arthroscopic surgery is a technique, not specific to any particular problem/solution.
In other words, surgeons can do lots of different things using arthroscopic tools. They can remove scar tissue, they can remove screws, they can scrape away cartilege, they can work on your ACL, and so on.

Arthroscopic surgery means that instead of an incision, the dr. only opens up a couple holes, less than 1/2 inch in diameter (at least that's how big mine look).  In one hole goes a camera so he can see what he's doing.  In the other hole goes special arthroscopic tools.
Title: Re: What is arthoscopic surgery?
Post by: anasta5ia on August 19, 2004, 11:26:24 AM
Cora-

As sfmama said, an arthroscopy is the technique of using an arthroscope to internally examine the joint.  While the surgeon is in there, he/she may decide to do any number of procedures with tools through the portals.  

I had 2 of my 8 knee surgeries arthroscopically (the rest have left me with nice 8 to 9 inch incisions down the front of my knees)  I have 6 scope holes on my right knee (3 from each one...they were different surgeons and obviously each had their favorite places where they wanted the portals) but they are all less than 1/2 an inch and many years later they are almost impossible to see.

Good luck.

-Heather G.