How do I elevate my knee after arthroscopy?

How do I elevate my knee after arthroscopy?

To elevate your knee correctly, be sure to keep your knee and ankle above your heart. The best position is lying down, with pillows lengthwise under your entire leg. Elevate your knee whenever you are not on your feet for the first days after arthroscopy.

What is a wedge osteotomy?

A closing wedge osteotomy involves an incision on the lateral side of the knee and removes a small wedge of the tibia bone before reattaching the two remaining ends with a metal plate and screws.

How is arthroscopy used to treat knee pain?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to see inside your knee joint, and repair or remove any damage. While this all sounds gentle and noninvasive, it needs to be understood that your body will react to the trauma of surgery.

What kind of camera is used for knee arthroscopy?

During knee arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.

Do you need to stay overnight for knee arthroscopy?

If you are generally healthy, your knee arthroscopy will most likely be performed as an outpatient. This means you will not need to stay overnight at the hospital. Be sure to inform your orthopaedic surgeon of any medications or supplements that you take. You may need to stop taking some of these before surgery.

Can a knee be repaired after arthroscopic surgery?

Grant Hughes, MD, is board-certified in rheumatology and is the head of rheumatology at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. Arthroscopic knee surgery is a useful surgical procedure to manage and treat many common knee conditions. But not everyone finds relief of their knee pain after surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to see inside your knee joint, and repair or remove any damage. While this all sounds gentle and noninvasive, it needs to be understood that your body will react to the trauma of surgery.

How is an opening wedge osteotomy done in the knee?

In the simplest knee osteotomy, your surgeon cuts almost across the bone, opens a gap, fills it with bone graft and fixes the bone in place with a plate and screws. This is called an opening wedge osteotomy.

During knee arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.

Can a wedge in your shinbone help straighten your knee?

For some people, arthritis damages one side of the knee more than the other side. This can cause your knee to bow inward or outward. Removing or adding a wedge of bone in your shinbone or thighbone can help straighten this bowing and shift your weight to the undamaged part of your knee joint.