Preparation of the Patient for Arthroscopy
The indication for arthroscopy nearly always emerges during a consultation with an orthopedist or accident surgeon in the consulting room or casualty department. Even at this stage the patient should be informed of the nature of the anesthetic and the likely course of the procedure. Obviously, the possibility of complications such as infection should also be mentioned. In chronic complaints — though not in acute injuries — several days at least should elapse before the actual investigation, so that the patient may have the opportunity to reflect on whether he really wishes to undergo the procedure. The surgeon’s position is more difficult in the case of referral investigations. If the decision has been made by the referring colleague, the patient is frequently admitted directly for arthroscopy and seen by the surgeon on this occasion for the first time.
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