Knee arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and whilst this was a condition that was predominately found within people who were in their 50’s and older, recently, people who are much younger have started to develop the condition as well. This is due to a variety of different reasons, such as obesity, excessive trauma/strain on the knee joint due to fractures or exercise, as well as the nature of people’s jobs.
Unfortunately, one of the major problems with dealing with knee arthritis effectively is that the range of actual and effective options is pretty limited indeed. One option that has been used in recent times, although it should be noted, amid a cloud of suspicion and controversy, has been knee arthroscopy.
The following is intended as an overview of the surgery, what it is, and what are the potential risks.
What is ankle arthroscopy surgery?
The purpose of ankle arthroscopy is a curious hybrid of both a curative and diagnostic purpose, and so it is used to both try and better control the pain caused by knee arthritis as well as providing the surgeon with a better idea as to the extent, severity and progress of the disease.
What does the surgery involve?
One of the major benefits of this procedure is that it performed using what is commonly referred to as “keyhole surgery” i.e. a small, minimally invasive incision site into the knee joint itself. This is significant because it directly means that the wound will be much smaller, and the amount of blood lost during the operation reduced. This in turn has the benefit of reducing the risk of infection as well as ensuring that the wound heals quicker and more cleanly.
What are the risks of the surgery?
Although the surgery will reduce and minimise the risk of infection arising, infection can still arise. There is a risk that a blood clot may form during or after the surgery, which will not only impede the healing process, but may actually require the limb to be amputated. Again, as with infection, this is a very small risk indeed and will be carefully monitored by the surgeon.
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