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Arthroscopic Surgery Rehab

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Arthroscopic Surgery Rehabilitation

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon to examine, diagnose and treat damage that has occurred to a joint in the body.

The examination of the interior of a joint is done by using an arthroscope or “scope” – a flexible, fiber-optic tube with a small camera that is connected to a monitor. This allows a surgeon to see a magnified view of your joint.

Specially designed arthroscopic surgical tools are also used to perform different types of minimally invasive joint surgery.

Joints most often examined are:

  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Ankle
  • Hip
  • Wrist

Benefits of Arthroscopy Surgery

Arthroscopy has a number of advantages, which makes it the preferred surgical method over traditional open surgery whenever possible. Several advantages include:

Faster Healing

This is possible due to the smaller incisions made during the procedure. Many patients are able to remove their initial bandages and replace them with small sterilized strips a few days after their procedure.

Reduced pain and swelling

Less tissue is exposed to trauma from smaller incisions made during arthroscopy, which leads to less inflammation.

Lower Risk of Complications

Smaller incisions allow for reduced exposure time and risk for infection.

Outpatient Setting

Many arthroscopy surgeries take place in a surgical center or the surgeon’s office, as opposed to hospitals. This makes arthroscopy a quicker and more cost-effective treatment option for many.

Earlier recovery

The less-invasive methods of arthroscopic surgery allow you to return to your normal functions earlier than with open surgical methods. Full recovery can often be achieved within weeks, even among athletes.

Some patients get back to their normal activity in a few days or weeks. Athletes and other people in good physical condition may return to athletic activities in a few weeks, under the care of their healthcare provider.


How long it takes to recover after an arthroscopy can vary. This can depend on a number of factors, such as:


The Type of Surgery

For example, a knee or shoulder arthroscopy surgery tends to have a longer recovery period than a wrist arthroscopy.

What Joint was Affected

Whether you had any treatment, such as joint repair, during your arthroscopy.

Health Condition

Your general state of health plays an important role in your recovery for example patients with diabetes who undergo arthroscopic surgery may have an increased risk of postoperative complications when compared to non-diabetics. 

Treatment Program

The post-surgical physical rehabilitation program at Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is designed to help patients recover faster after arthroscopic surgery. There are many therapy techniques that may be involved in your post-surgical rehab, and therapeutic exercises are one commonly used therapy technique.

Patients who have had or are planning to have arthroscopic surgery can find effective physical therapy from our Physical Therapy team. We can develop a post-surgical rehab program that’s designed to address your unique needs. Our physical therapists can also provide pre-surgical rehab that can help you better prepare your body for surgery.

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