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The knee is the largest and one of the most important joints in the body. It is a strong but flexible hinge joint, playing an essential role in movement related to carrying the body weight in horizontal (running and walking) and vertical (jumping) directions.
Between the femur (upper leg bone) and tibia (lower leg bone) is the meniscus, a layer of tough fibrocartilage that acts as a shock absorber. The knee joint is vulnerable to injuries, that most often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.
An arthroscopic knee surgery is a useful way for surgeons to detect the source of knee pain and treat the problem.
Arthroscopy is recommended in case of the following knee problems:
Arthroscopic knee surgery is one of the most frequently used procedures in case of certain types of knee injuries. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope (a thin flexible fiberoptic scope which is introduced into a joint space through a small incision ) into your knee joint and use it with the aim of repairing or removing damaged parts.
Arthroscopic knee surgery abroad has the same medical protocol like your home country. At our hospital, we provide the following treatments:
Arthroscopic meniscectomy is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat a torn meniscus cartilage in the knee, when the torn segment of the meniscus is removed.
Arthroscopic ACL surgery takes place only after the post-injury swelling and inflammation has diminished. When the ACL sustains a complete tear, the surgeon must replace it with a graft, usually obtained from the patient’s own knee (termed an autograft).
During the procedure, the surgeon incises the lateral stabilizing structures of the patella, in particular, the lateral retinaculum. The lateral retinaculum attaches the lateral patella to the lateral femoral epicondyle, the iliotibial band, and the anterolateral tibia. Arthroscopic lateral release is generally performed in combination with medially based stabilization procedures to subserve effectively the medial realignment.
Today the standard is to remove possibly all loose bodies by arthroscopy. This is a minimally invasive procedure.
This common treatment intended for patients where the cartilage defect has not worn all the way down to the bone. Inserting a pencil-thin arthroscope into the knee through a small incision, the surgeon shaves and smoothes shredded or frayed cartilage. Ideally, the smoothing and shaving away procedure of the damaged cartilage helps to ultimately decrease friction and irritation, thus reducing the symptoms of swelling, noise, and pain.
Mosaicplasty is the technique of harvesting small circular (4-8 mm) autogenous grafts from the knee from non-weight bearing regions of the knee, and transplanting the grafts in a mosaic pattern until the osteochondral defect is filled.
The advantage of arthroscopic knee surgery over traditional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be opened up fully. Only two, sometimes three small incisions are made — one for the arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to be used in the knee cavity. Arthroscopic knee surgery shortens recovery time and increases the rate of surgical success due to less trauma in the connective tissue. In most cases, the procedure takes only a few (1-2) hour. In this particular case, smaller incisions lead to less wound
An arthroscopy can ultimately provide relief from knee pain and improve mobility. Maintaining a normal and active lifestyle with greater comfort is the key benefit of this procedure.
There are risks, that associated with any type of surgery, though they are treatable and occur infrequently.
Potential postoperative problems after knee arthroscopy include:
The number of knee surgery has nearly doubled in less than 10 years. If you have pain in your knee, you should consult a surgeon in order to preserve your own knee joint and delay, or possibly even prevent serious knee problems. Your physician will recommend you the proper treatment, on the basis of your medical history and diagnosis.
If you decide to have knee arthroscopy, you may need a complete physical examination before surgery to assess your health condition.
Before arthroscopic knee surgery, enlighten your orthopaedic surgeon about the medications you take regularly. He or she will tell you which medicines are not recommended you to take before surgery.
2 weeks before your knee arthroscopic surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
Recovery after arthroscopic knee surgery is faster than recovery after traditional open knee surgery. Still, it is important to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions carefully after you return home. Feeling some pain is a natural part of the healing process. Your doctor and nurses will work on reducing pain, that will shorten your recovery period. Medications are prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery. In order to relieve swelling and pain, the surgeon wil recommend to apply ice. It is important to keep your incisions clean and dry. Your surgeon will tell you when and how to take a shower or bath. Most patients need crutches or other assistance after arthroscopic knee surgery. You will get advice about when it is safe to put weight on your leg.
Therapeutic exercise will play an important role in your recovery process. You should exercise your knee regularly for several weeks after surgery to restore motion and strengthen the important muscles. If you’ve had a ligament reconstruction, you should be able to return to most physical activities after 6 to 8 weeks.
During your healing period, you will need some check-ups before return to intense physical activities
ACL post-operative check-ups recommended:
6 weeks, 12 weeks and 6 months after the surgery
After you get home, applying ice on your knee for 15-20 minutes per hour is essential. It’s important to keep the bandages dry. Ice helps to reduce pain and swelling. For the first few weeks after surgery, the most important goal is to regain the ability to fully straighten your knee. It is much more important initially than being able to walk long distances. Too much walking will cause swelling and pain.
Keep the bandages on your knee until you have your first post-operative check-up. The first arthroscopy post-operative check-up is recommended 6 weeks after surgery.
Most patients feel the benefit of arthroscopic knee surgery within 4 to 6 weeks. Reduction of pain and swelling, and improvement of knee strength is constantly being experienced during the recovery period. Follow-up appointment should be made 6 weeks after the surgery.
At Medicover hospital, the arthroscopic knee surgery package cost includes the following service and care:
Arthroscopic knee surgery
1-2 day stay (depending on the type of surgery) at Medicover hospital
Full pension (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your stay
The first check up, 7 to 10 days after surgery
Physiotherapy the day after surgery
We offer a separate consultation package for the first consultation, when the orthopedic specialist decides if an arthroscopic knee surgery is recommended. The necessary pre-operative examinations can be taken at our hospital, that has an additional cost.
Our main goal is to offer you the most reasonable arthroscopic knee surgery price for the highest quality service and care.