The arthroscopic procedure done for arthritis of the knee is, by and large, associated with minimal risk of
1. Infection is a possibility, but the risk is extremely low, and routine use of antibiotics at the time of surgery is unnecessary.
2. There may be some swelling in the knee following surgery which may last for few days to few weeks.
3. Some individuals may experience discomfort and stiffness following surgery, but this is temporary.
4. There is a small risk of a blood clot in the veins of the leg. The risk of this is quite low, and medications to thin the blood are not used, except in high risk patients. Early mobilisation and activity after surgery helps circulation and reduces the risk of having a blood clot.
5. Excess wear and tear in the knee can not be adequately addressed by key hole surgery and these individuals are unlikely to have a sustained benefit from this procedure. In these circumstances, knee replacement may be eventually needed.
Arthroscopy of the knee for arthritis is a simple procedure, which, in the right patient provide good pain relief and improvement in function.
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