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this might be a dumb question but...
« on: January 20, 2004, 07:03:24 PM »
Hi Guys this might be a dumb question but I am going to ask it anyways.
I am wondering what Arthrotomy means?  I have tried to look it up but I can't find it anywhere.  :-/ I was going through my binder full of stuff, as I am planning on seeing my OS this week.  My post op info when I had the hematoma removed from my knee after my LR it says Right knee Arthroscopy, Arthrotomy and Hemartoma evacuation... Wonder if anyone knows what Arthrotomy means as I know what the rest means.
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2004 LR LK
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Re: this might be a dumb question but...
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2004, 07:52:42 PM »
Linds,

As far as I know, arthrotomy is a generic name for an open joint surgery (usually used in reference to knee), whereas arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery, or one done without major incisions.

Arthro = joint
-otomy = open incision

So when people have an open lateral release, they have an arthrotomy to reveal the surgical field--i.e. a monster incision to lay open the knee.  Severaly years ago I went to have a laparoscopy for my appendix removal--using a scope going in through the belly button with two small incisions.  But the doctor messed up and severed a major artery, so when I woke up I found out I'd had a laparotomy-->open incision (6 inches long, thank you very much!).

There you go.  Knew that Latin would come in handy.

Heather
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Re: this might be a dumb question but...
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2004, 08:01:37 PM »
Okay Heather, Thanks, that makes sens, because they had to make the incision an open incision in order to get all of the hematoma out of hte joint, it ended up being almost three inches long. NOt huge monster..but bigger than a keyhole.
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Linds
1997 Scope RK
2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
May 06 Fall from Horse, partial ACL tear and meniscus injury, Tibial plateau injury
2007 Scope, Plica Excision and Debride LK
2009/2010- Possibly Ankylosing Spondylitis?