Arthroscopy was initially only used for diagnostic purposes, but nowadays its used to treat a range of joint complaints. Many surgeons are now choosing this procedure because it facilitates faster recovery, and there is less pain, and shorter scars. But how long is the recovery for arthroscopic surgery.
About Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure performed to repair joints such as the knee, hip, and shoulder. Surgery is carried out with the aid of an arthroscope, which is a fiber optic tube with a camera attached. The device enhances the surgical procedure by allowing the surgeon to view the joint, so that the damage can be fixed.
Unlike ‘open’ surgery that requires a large incision, arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, and requires very small incisions. The arthroscope and other instruments needed for surgery are inserted via these incisions.
How long is recovery for arthroscopic surgery?
Recovery after arthroscopic surgery is generally faster because there is less tissue damage, and the incisions are smaller. However, the precise recovery time will depend on the complexity of the problem affecting the joint. Patients can expect some swelling during recovery, but pain is minimal.
The incisions for surgery usually take several days to heal. Most patients are able to return to work or school after 3-4 days. However, a physical therapy program may be required, and this normally takes a couple weeks. Athletes, as well as young healthy individuals in good physical shape are usually able to recover in a few weeks. People who are older, heavier, and less active can take months to recover.
Contact orthopedic surgeon Frank McCormick, MD, to find out more about the expected recovery time after arthroscopic surgery. Dr. McCormick has offices in Miami, Doral, and Delray. Call the SOAR Institute at 866-956-3837 to schedule an appointment.