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What To Expect With Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

X-ray of knee prior to arthroscopic knee surgery

Have you been suffering from knee pain?  If so, chances are very good that you’ve been searching for a solution with a high success rate.  


In this blog post, we look into the advantages of arthroscopic knee surgery to provide valuable information to guide you if you or a loved one is considering this option. Understanding what it entails and what to expect after surgery is important to your recovery and regaining a new level of pain-free mobility. 


This minimally invasive procedure has helped countless patients of Vero-Beach based Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Omar Hussamy, a leader in alleviating knee pain and the only orthopedic surgeon in Florida to specialize in both sports medicine and hand surgery. 


What is arthroscopic knee surgery?


What arthroscopic knee surgery requires is the insertion of a small camera called an arthroscope into the knee joint. The images captured by the camera are projected on a screen, allowing Dr. Hussamy to navigate and repair the joint with great precision. This technique results in smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and typically a quicker recovery time when compared to traditional open surgery.

arthroscopic knee surgery consultation with patient and doctor

What are the benefits of this type of knee surgery?


Because of its minimally invasive nature, Dr. Hussamy’s patients often experience less  pain after surgery, minimal scarring, and a lower risk of complications. This procedure often requires only local or regional anesthesia, which is a significant advantage as general anesthesia poses greater risks. 


Arthroscopic knee surgery can be the vehicle for repairing common knee injuries like meniscal tears and ligament repairs – injuries common in sports medicine. 


It can also be employed in repairing torn or damaged anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL, PCLs) and to alleviate an inflamed lining of the knee joint. It might also be recommended for a dislocated or misaligned patella (kneecap) or to remove a painful Baker’s cyst from behind the kneecap.

Doctor's consultation about arthroscopic knee surgery

How successful is arthroscopic knee surgery? 


The success rate of arthroscopic knee surgery is indeed impressive, hovering over 90% for many conditions, according to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. This high success rate is directly attributable to the precision of the procedure, the skill of the surgeon, and the reduced trauma to the knee. All of these factors promote better healing. 


What factors affect the high success rate?


The success rate of arthroscopic knee surgery isn’t a standalone figure; several factors affect the outcome, including:


  • The patient’s overall health. Pre-existing conditions, age, and overall physical condition can impact how well a patient recovers. 


  • Severity and nature of the knee problem. Complex or long-standing issues may pose more challenges during surgery and recovery.


  • Surgeon’s expertise. The skill and expertise of the surgeon performing the procedure are critical components of success. 


Dr. Hussamy has been at the forefront of orthopedic surgery for more than 30 years. He has successfully completed thousands of knee surgeries, both minimally invasive ones such as arthroscopic knee surgery up to full knee replacements. 


  • Postoperative care and rehabilitation. Adherence to rehabilitation protocols is vital for a successful recovery. Rehabilitation requires patience and persistence, but the end result certainly justifies the means.

knee rehab post arthroscopic knee surgery

What is the arthroscopic knee surgery recovery time?


Recovery can vary based on the individual and the extent of the surgery. In Dr. Hussamy’s experience, patients can typically expect a full recovery within 6 weeks. This time frame allows initial healing of the joint, a reduction in swelling, and physical therapy to restore range of motion and strength. 


The first few days after surgery, rest and knee immobilization are usually recommended. After the first 48 to 72 hours, patients can move toward more active rehabilitation phases, which are necessary to regain knee function and return to daily activities. 


How soon can you exercise after arthroscopic knee surgery? 


That is a personal decision, but one that should be guided by your care team. While some patients may begin gentle range-of-motion exercises within days after the procedure, high-impact activities should be avoided until the knee has adequately healed. 


Swimming is an excellent, low-impact exercise that puts less stress on the healing joint, but patients should only swim after their incisions are healed. 


If you walk for exercise, short distances and light ambulation may be encouraged early in the recovery process to promote circulation and improve knee function. Walking long distances at a brisker pace should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. 


Excessive walking can increase swelling and delay the healing process, so it’s important to strike a balance and heed the guidance of Dr. Hussamy and his team. 

Doctor doing an evaluation before arthroscopic knee surgery

Arthroscopic knee surgery is an excellent way to regain mobility you’ve been missing.


Arthroscopic knee surgery is right up there with total joint replacement as a procedure with a high success rate that has revolutionized the treatment of knee injuries and conditions. It not only offers the benefits of reduced recovery time and minimized surgical risks, but its high success rate instills confidence in the patients we perform it on. 


Have more questions about arthroscopic knee surgery or need a second opinion?


If you are considering arthroscopic knee surgery or would like a second opinion on whether it can replace a more invasive recommendation from another surgeon, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hussamy. 


He and his team are committed to providing the highest level of care and support throughout your surgical journey and recovery. His practice is rated #1 in sports medicine, hand surgery, and joint replacement in Vero Beach, Florida and serves patients throughout Florida.


Each step you take in consultation with Dr. Hussamy brings you closer to resuming the activities you love, with less pain and improved knee function. Together, you can walk the path toward getting your life back on track.

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