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When is an arthroscopy necessary?
Diagnosing injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as an MRI, or CT scan also may be needed. An arthroscopy is indicated for traumatic internal knee derangements such as a torn meniscus. Arthroscopies are rarely needed to treat arthritic conditions.
What are the joints that can be viewed with an Arthroscope?
Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument. These include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist.
Will exercises be required after surgery?
Getting a full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative exercise programs come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximise your recovery after surgery.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment remember to bring the following:
- Referral letter from GP, family physician or other doctor
- Medicare card, DVA card, Pension Card
- Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
- Reports, X-rays, MRI's, CT scans etc and any other relevant information