What can go wrong with knee arthroscopy?
The risks and complications associated with arthroscopic knee surgery include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, persistent swelling and stiffness, heart attack, and stroke.
What happens if meniscus surgery doesn’t work?
If a meniscus repair fails, the surgeon usually performs a second surgery to trim out the tear. As with any partial meniscectomy, that trimming relieves pain but does decrease the amount of meniscus remaining. Concern for the development of arthritis changes years down the road does exist.
How do I know if my meniscus surgery failed?
If the knee does well and there are no significant symptoms, then it follows that the tear must have healed up and the repair was successful. If, however, a patient is unlucky enough to develop recurrent symptoms and ongoing problems with the knee, then the assumption is that the attempted repair has failed.
What is the success rate of knee arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery to remove a part of the meniscus is called arthroscopic meniscectomy and it has an approximately 90% success rate. Over time, the success rate diminishes following the surgery due to the impact of having less meniscus cartilage.
What are the complications of arthroscopy?
The possible complications following a knee arthroscopy include:
- Thrombophlebitis (clots in a vein)
- Artery damage.
- Excessive bleeding (haemorrhage)
- Allergic reaction to the anaesthesia.
- Nerve damage.
- Numbness at the incision sites.
- Ongoing pain in the calf and foot.
Can a meniscus surgery go wrong?
Results are maximized by repairing meniscus tears within the first two months of injury. All surgery has risks. There is likely nothing you could imagine could go wrong that has not gone wrong at some time. That being said, meniscus repair is a safe procedure with a complication rate of 1.3%.
How often does meniscus surgery fail?
A meniscus repair involves sewing the meniscus back together. This surgery is different than trimming out the torn portion – a partial meniscectomy. While the success rates of meniscal repair surgeries are good, they aren’t perfect. Up to 20% of them don’t heal.
Can you have a second arthroscopy?
Although many arthroscopy surgeons may not use second-look arthroscopy to assess healing progress in asymptomatic patients, sources told Orthopedics Today taking a second, arthroscopic look at the knee joint may be helpful in the research setting.
Why does my knee still hurt 3 months after meniscus surgery?
Swelling, infection, inadequate rehabilitation, spontaneous osteonecrosis, and arthritis in the joint are a few of the factors that cause continued knee pain after surgery.
Did I Retear my meniscus after surgery?
Fact: 2013 research in the American Journal of Sports Medicine notes that many prior studies suggested between 20% and 40% of meniscus tears repaired surgically later re-tear with higher re-tear rates in medial (or the inside of your knee) versus lateral (or the outside of your knee) meniscal repair.
Why is my knee still swollen after meniscus surgery?
Swelling is a part of the healing process after surgeries such as meniscus repair. Swelling indicates the presence of fluid and white blood cells to an area that is inflamed. The white blood cell presence is necessary to help ward off infection in the affected area.