INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Type of Knee Surgery
There are two main types of knee surgery. They are called arthroscopic knee surgery and knee replacement surgery. Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems. A keyhole surgery is one in which long, thin instruments are inserted into the patient’s body through small incisions.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
For arthroscopic knee surgery, the surgeon inserts a probe with a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the knee joint. The scope displays pictures on a video monitor to help guide the surgeon’s work. Surgical instruments are inserted into the joint through a second incision.
Below are the most common arthroscopic knee surgeries:
- Removal or repair of torn meniscus
- Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Removal of inflamed tissue
- Trimming of damaged cartilage
- Removal of loose bone fragments
- Treatment of patella problems
- Treatment of knee sepsis
Knee Replacement Surgery
During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon will remove damaged parts of the knee joint and replace it with new parts. These new parts are sometimes made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. You may experience pain in the knee joint after your surgery. It is imperative to start rehab after your surgery as it will reduce the pain and strengthen your knee. Physical activity is the key to success after having a knee replacement surgery. Replacements can last up to 15 or 20 years and sometimes longer.
Now here comes the big question, how do I deal with the pain? These questions should be discussed with the doctor or surgeon as they will be able to give you the best options for pain medication. They will also be able to explain the pros and cons of each medicine as well. These are some of the most common pain medications used after knee surgeries:
- Tylenol – the job of this medicine to solely relieve the pain
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium also act to reduce pain but also act to reduce inflammation as well
- Peripheral nerve blocks – this involves the injection of anesthetic into specific nerves to block the pain signals from the brain to the knee
- Opioids – these drugs block signals to the brain and are sometimes necessary to relieve severe or persistent pain
- Multimodal therapy – This is commonly used for pain management after knee replacement surgery and typically involves opioids and one or more additional pain relief methods. Multimodal therapy can improve pain control while limiting opioid use.
It is important to always seek help and ask questions regarding arthroscopic and knee replacement surgeries. For example, a recent study performed showed that patients undergoing minimally invasive knee replacement left the hospital sooner and with less pain when given a combination of medications that act by different mechanisms to control pain, rather than relying on one type of pain medication.
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