WHAT ARE THE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS AFTER ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY?

Although arthroscopy can be used to treat many problems, the outcome of your surgery will often be determined by the degree of injury or damage found in the your joint. For example surgery done for meniscal tear or loose bodies when the patient has no other problem (like arthritis) is usually uncomplicated and most patient can expect full recovery. Arthroscopic removal of synovium can be of great benefit to patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthroscopic reconstruction of ligament and repair of meniscus in the knee is much more complicated with prolonged recovery and more variable results.

Remember, that people who have arthroscopy can have many different diagnosis and pre-existing conditions. So each patients arthroscopic surgery is unique to that person. Recovery time will reflect that individuality.

If you still have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Orthopaedics Surgeon at Delhi Institute of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Sant Parmanand Hospital, Civil Lines, Delhi-110054

Ph: 23994401-10, 23981260 (5 lines), 23983928/29/30

Fax: 23974706

Website: www.sphdelhi.org

Doctors are committed to work with you. We wish you a successful operation

DR SHEKHAR SRIVASTAV

M.S.Ortho

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

&

Specialist Arthroscopic Surgeon

JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGEON SPINE SURGEON

Dr. SHEKHAR AGARWAL Dr. SHANKAR ACHARYA

Dr. VIVEK MITTAL

WHEN DO I COME FOR FOLLOW-UP ?

Follow up visits are necessary for your doctor to chart progress, change bandages, check for any complications and evaluate your rehabilitation. Your first follow-up would be within a week of arthroscopy when we change the dressing, aspirate the joint, if any effusion is present. Second follow-up will be after 2 weeks of surgery, when we will remove the stiches and see the progress of joint movement and teach other exercises. Thereafter you will be called as per requirement of surgery performed.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY ?

The routine arthroscopic surgery would cost you about Rs.15,000/- to Rs.30,000/- which includes your hospital stay, surgical and anaesthesia charges, OT and consumable etc. In special arthroscopic procedures for example ACL/ PCL reconstruction, the cost would be about Rs.50,000/- to Rs.70,000/- depending upon the admission category and implant used ( subject to revision).Please ask your doctor for current estimates.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS ?

Although uncommon, complications do occur occasionally during or following arthroscopy. Infection, phlebitis (blood clots of a vein), excessive swelling or bleeding, damage to blood vessels or nerves and instrument breakage are the possible complications but occur in far less than 1 percent of all arthroscopic procedures.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY OVER OPEN SURGERY ?

Arthroscopy is a blood less surgery. It has very less morbidity compared to open joint surgery. This has resulted in less pain and stiffness, fewer complications, decreased length (if any) of hospitalization as most of the arthroscopic procedures are done as Day care surgery. The small incisions are closed by single stitch and most of patients are discharged walking same evening of surgery and has faster recovery times.