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Don’t Let Joint Pains Hold You Back - Arthroscopy In Dubai at Best Orthopedic Hospital in Dubai

If you have joint inflammation, have been injured in the joint, or have gradually harmed a joint, your doctor may recommend Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy can be performed on any joint. The knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, or wrist are the most common sites where your doctor might recommend an Arthroscopy. Patients from all over Dubai and UAE visit MEDSTAR as we are the best Arthroscopy hospital in Dubai.

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive keyhole surgical operation on an injured, harmed, and inflamed joint, ligament repairs and to treat joint instability.  In this process, an arthroscope ( an endoscope )  is introduced into the joint through a small incision, used to examine, and sometimes treat damage. Over the years, arthroscopic surgery has changed orthopedic treatment. This versatile approach can diagnose and treat a wide range of joint disorders, significantly shortening treatment and recovery time.

What are the conditions treated by Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is primarily used to diagnose and treat joint issues. We may be able to perform the corrective surgery at the same time as the diagnostic arthroscopy procedure.
We use arthroscopy procedures to diagnose and treat the following conditions:

  • Inflammation of the synovium (the smooth lining of the joint) in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle, for example.

  • Injuries, such as:

    • Tendon tears in the rotator cuff

    • A common shoulder condition known as Impingement syndrome

    • Shoulder dislocations on a regular basis

    • Tears in the meniscus (cartilage)

    • Chondromalacia: A condition where the cartilage cushion wears off or is injured

    • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in which the knee turns unstable

    • Wrist carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Bone and cartilage fragments, especially in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist.

Are You Eligible for arthroscopy? When to see the doctor?

Candidate for Hip Arthroscopy:

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for hip arthroscopy.

  • With no low back involvement, you may experience groin pain, deep lateral hip pain, or deep buttock pain.
  • Having trouble flexing your hip and bringing it across your body.
  • If your hip is catching or locking.
  • MRI or MR arthrogram demonstrating a labral tear, and/or you've experienced significant relief from a hip injection.
  • Physical therapy focusing on glutes and core strength was completed, but your symptoms were not relieved.

Who isn't a good candidate for hip arthroscopy?

  • Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that affects the joints. If the patient has advanced osteoarthritis, arthroscopy may not be a recommended treatment option for you. 
  • Before considering hip arthroscopy, mild to moderate osteoarthritis can be treated with a cortisone injection.
  • If you are dealing with Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
  • A thorough spine examination should be performed if you have low back pain in order to understand underlying causes and conditions that may hinder the treatment.

Candidate for knee arthroscopy:

Knee arthroscopy may be appropriate for patients who have knee pain or instability but no significant arthritis. The following are some of the current indications for knee arthroscopy:

  • Tears in the meniscus
  • Tears in the ACL
  • Unstable bodies
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Tears in PCL
  • Total knee replacements that are stiff
  • An MRI is usually ordered before a knee arthroscopy procedure. Non-operative treatments such as physical therapy, injections, NSAIDs, and rest may be tried first, depending on the type of knee pain and MRI findings.

Candidate for shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is usually recommended when non-operative treatment has failed or is not recommended for certain injuries. The following are the current indications for shoulder arthroscopy:

  • Traumatic tears or full-thickness rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement that has been treated with physical therapy and injections but has not resolved
  • Unstable bodies
  • Non-operative treatment for calcific tendinitis has failed.
  • Nonoperative treatment for acromial clavicular arthritis has failed.
  • Frozen shoulder that hasn't responded to non-surgical treatment
  • Tears in the biceps tendon
  • Tears in the labrum

Why choose MEDSTAR for arthroscopy? The MEDSTAR Advantage

At MEDSTAR, our orthopedic team consists of highly experienced surgeons who have performed over 2000+ procedures. Our team is well known for effective and safe arthroscopy surgery diagnosis and treatment. Our surgeons assess the patient's condition and guide them with possible options. Our patients also benefit from advanced procedures and technologies for careful pre-operative assessment, best results, quick recovery, and least postoperative complications.

Above all, our team is led by a leading Orthopedic surgeon trained in Germany in Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy, and Regenerative Treatments, having over 14 years of experience.

Depending on the procedure, different types of anesthesia are used.  

Local Anesthesia: 
To block sensation in a specific area, such as your knee, numbing agents are injected beneath the skin. During your arthroscopy, you'll be awake, and mostly you'll feel the pressure or movement within the joint during the procedure

Anesthesia administered at a regional level: The most common type of regional anesthesia is administered through a small needle which is inserted between two lumbar vertebrae in your spine. The bottom half of your body is numb, but you remain awake.

Anesthesia that is administered to the entire body aka General Anesthesia: If the doctor prefers for you to be unconscious during the procedure, depending on the length of the procedure. A vein is used to administer general anesthesia (intravenously).

You'll be positioned in the best possible way for your procedure. You would be either lying on your back or sideways. A positioning device will be used on the working limb, and a tourniquet may be used to reduce blood loss and improve visibility inside the joint.
Another method for improving your view inside your joint is to fill it with sterile fluid. This increases the amount of space around the joint.

The viewing device is inserted through a small incision. Additional small incisions at various locations around the joint allow the surgeon to insert surgical tools to grasp, cut, grind, and suction the joint as needed.

The incisions will be small enough to close with one or two stitches or sterile adhesive tape strips.

How to prepare for Arthroscopy?

The specifics of your preparations will vary depending on which of your joints the surgeon will be examining or repairing. Generally speaking, you should: 

Certain medications should be avoided. It's possible that your doctor will advise you to avoid taking any medications or dietary supplements that could increase your risk of bleeding. 

Prepare ahead of time. Depending on the type of anesthesia you'll receive, your doctor may advise you to wait eight hours before eating solid foods.

Make arrangements for a ride. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after the procedure, so make arrangements for someone to pick you up. If you live alone, have someone check in on you that evening or, better yet, stay with you for the remainder of the day.

Select loose-fitting clothing. If you're having knee arthroscopy, wear loose, comfortable clothing — baggy gym shorts, for example — so you can easily dress after the procedure.

Post operative care for arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery usually takes only a few minutes. Arthroscopy of the knee, for example, takes about an hour. After that, you'll be taken to a separate room for a few hours to recover before returning home.

The following items may be included in your aftercare: 

  • Medications: To relieve pain and inflammation, your doctor may prescribe medication.
  • R.I.C.E: Rest, ice, compress, and elevate the joint for several days at home may help to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Protection: For comfort and protection, you may need to use temporary splints such as slings or crutches. 
  • Exercises: Physical therapy and rehabilitation may be recommended by your doctor to help strengthen your muscles and improve the function of your joint.

In general, you should be able to resume light activity and desk work in a few days.

In one to three weeks, you should be able to drive again, and a few weeks after that, you should be able to engage in more strenuous activity.

Not everyone, however, recovers in the same way. Your situation may necessitate a longer period of recovery and rehabilitation.

Your surgeon will discuss the arthroscopy findings with you as soon as possible, and they may send you a written report. During follow-up visits, your surgeon will continue to monitor your progress and address any issues that arise.

How long does it take to recover from wrist arthroscopy?

You'll most likely need 6 weeks to recover. Recovery will take longer if you have damaged tissue repaired. You may have to limit your activities until your wrist strength and movement return to normal. You could also be enrolled in a rehabilitation programme.

What if Knee Arthroscopy doesn't work?
Infection, nerve damage, blood clots, persistent swelling and stiffness, heart attack, and stroke are all risks and complications of arthroscopic knee surgery. You  must have the procedure performed by a hospital and doctors who are well-versed in arthroscopy. MEDSTAR has leading orthopedic surgeons who have immense experience in doing Arthroscopy.

Can you walk after a Knee Arthroscopy?
Full recovery could take up to 4-5 months. After surgery, the patient should be able to bear weight on the knee while standing or walking. Crutches will be required for the first 2-7 days following surgery.

How long does knee arthroscopy take?
Arthroscopic knee surgery is a quick and painless procedure that takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The majority of patients are put under general anesthesia during the procedure.

Is it worth having a knee arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive procedure for repairing the ligaments or meniscus in the knee. The highly advanced procedure has a success rate of over 90%. To perform the repairs, arthroscopy uses smaller incisions and specialized tools.

How long does it take to recover from ankle arthroscopy?
Most patients can expect to miss at least 1-2 weeks of work. Following ankle arthroscopy, it is possible to return to high-level sports but expect to recover for at least 4-6 weeks before doing so.

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