It is an affordable alternative to working with insurance companies for patients who need knee surgery but have no health insurance coverage. The fee includes the surgeon’s fees, the facility fees (including preoperative, operative and recovery time charges) and all fees related to nursing, anesthesiology and routine preoperative lab work.
Our office representatives are more than happy to work out a payment plan that works for you
What does arthroscopic knee surgery do?
Arthroscopic knee surgery allows your doctor to diagnose and treat the following:
· Torn posterior or anterior cruciate ligaments
· Patella that’s out of position
· Torn meniscus (the cartilage between the bones in the knee)
· Pieces of torn cartilage loose in the joint
· Fractures in the knee bones
· Swollen synovium (the lining in the joint)
The meniscus tear is one of the most common reasons for arthroscopic knee surgery. It usually occurs in an area that does not get good blood supply, which makes them harder to heal.
Traumatic injury is the most common cause of a meniscus tear in younger people. In older people, something as simple as a quick twist can cause a tear because the age of the tissue can cause degeneration.
What happens during arthroscopic knee surgery?
Before the surgery, your anesthesiologist will administer a local or general anesthesia.
The procedure will begin when the surgeon makes a few small incisions, or cuts, in your knee. He will then pump sterile salt water, or saline, into the incisions. They do this to expand your knee. The arthroscope then enters one cut to allow the surgeon to examine your joint using the attached camera. A monitor in the operating room shows the images produced by the camera to the surgeon.
If the surgeon locates a problem in your knee, they insert small tools into the incisions to correct the issue. After the surgery, the surgeon drains the saline from your joint and closes your cuts with stitches.
We give these post-op instructions to our patients who undergo any of our orthopedic procedures, including knee arthroscopy:
- Moderate activity as tolerated.
- Walk as often as you feel able.
- Do coughing and deep breathing exercises several times an hour while awake.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Keep operative extremity elevated above the level of the heart as much as possible to decrease swelling.
- Do not drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours.
- Do not sign legal documents for 24 hours.
- You may experience light headedness, dizziness, and sleepiness following surgery. You should have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours following surgery.
- Progress slowly to a regular diet. Start with liquids, then light foods (soup, jell-o, etc.) as you can tolerate, gradually progressing to solid foods. Avoid heavy, spicy, fried foods when first starting to eat.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following your procedure or while taking antibiotics and/or narcotic pain medication.
- Apply ice pack on 10 minutes, off 10 minutes for first 24-48 hours after surgery to help reduce pain and swelling.
- If you have skin glue or steri strips, do not pick at or attempt to remove. Leave intact until your postoperative follow up appointment with your surgeon. It is okay to shower the following day after surgery. Do not submerge your incision under water.
- If you have a dressing, keep the dressing clean and dry. Do not remove the dressing until your postoperative follow up visit with your surgeon unless instructed to do so by your surgeon. You may take a sponge bath only the following day after surgery, but do not get your dressing wet.
- Observe the operative area for signs of excessive bleeding. A small amount of bright red bleeding is normal. If your bandage becomes saturated, do not remove and call surgeon.
- You should have a bowel movement 1-2 days after your surgery. If you are unable to move your bowels, you may take any over the counter fiber laxative and stool softener daily until bowel movements are normal.
CALL YOUR SURGEON IF:
- You have chills or temperature greater than 101F.
- You have redness around the incision and it is warm to touch.
- You have pain that is not controlled with your pain medication.
- Persistent bleeding that is soaking through your dressing.
- If you do not have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon, call their office today to set up an appointment as directed.
- If a specimen or biopsy was obtained, results will be back in 7-10 days.
The affordable arthroscopic knee surgery is a great option whether you have no insurance or don’t want to use it. At NTTC, we do a variety of other orthopedic procedures as well, including
- Rotator cuff repair and other shoulder procedures
- Hip repair
- Achilles tendon repair, bunionectomy, and hammertoe
- Carpal Tunnel release, wrist arthroscopy, and other hand-related procedures
If you have any questions or want to speak to a specialist, schedule an appointment today.