An arthrotomy is the creation of an opening in a joint that may be used in drainage. Symptoms include severe pain whenever you try to move your joint. Other symptoms may include the inability to move your knee due to pain or stiffness, chills and nausea.
Arthrotomy is the surgical opening of any joint. An arthrotomy procedure is done to get access to a joint inspection, removal of a loose body, drainage of pus (from an infected joint) or haematoma, synovectomy, joint reconstruction, or joint replacement.
Possible arthrotomy location
Arthrotomy can be carried out in any of the joints in the body – the knees, the elbows, the hips and the shoulders.
Arthrotomy procedure is an open joint procedure carried out under general anaesthesia.
An incision similar to a facelift incision is made at the site of operation, and the joint space is exposed to grant clear vision to the surgeon. This then allows the surgeon to carry out the necessary procedure; such as drainage of pus or haematoma, removal of adhesions or tumours and so on.
Other techniques that can be carried out with an arthrotomy procedure include repair of discs through suture, discs removal, or implants such as temporalis muscle graft.
How long does arthrotomy recovery take?
Arthrotomy recovery takes around 3 to 8 weeks and may be painful.
• Severe pain whenever you try to move your joint.
• Other symptoms may include: inability to move your knee due to pain or stiffness. chills and nausea.
Septic (infectious) arthritis is a bacterial infection of the joint space. Contamination occurs either via the bloodstream, iatrogenically, or by local extension (e.g., penetrating trauma) and patients with damaged (e.g., patients with rheumatoid arthritis) or prosthetic joints have an increased risk.
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