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Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a popular, minimally invasive joint treatment. Surgery scars are less visible than in the case of traditional surgery, and the risk of infection is small, it is also less burdensome for joints and requires shorter recovery. The procedure, which lasts from 45 minutes to one and a half hours, is performed in a hospital (operating) conditions, under intralumbar anaesthesia or rarely, general. This method allows you to look inside the knee joint (usual exam method), shoulder, hip, ankle but also to the elbow, wrist, and hand joints. The procedure is used to identify the cause of problems such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and is performed in the case of ligaments or cartilage damage.

Arthroscopic surgery involves placing a device called arthroscope (high-resolution camera with its own light source) through two small incisions around the joint. The surgeon keeps track of the image sent from the device on the monitor. Using special, miniature tools, it is possible to repair damaged areas. Sometimes, in order to alleviate the symptoms of the disease, joint lavage is used.

After surgery, the patient usually goes home the same day or the following day. Same cuts are painless, and within a few weeks the joint may be swollen and cause discomfort. After the procedure, your doctor will recommend the appropriate behaviour to the patient. Depending on the operated joint, it may also be necessary to temporarily immobilize the joint.

Information for Patients on arthroscopy can be obtained by calling: 22 431 20 59 or by e-mail: szpital@luxmed.pl

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