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The Orthopaedic Center, P.A.
2112 F Street NW, Suite 305
Washington D.C. 20037

Phone: (202) 770-1447
Appointments: (202) 912-8480
Fax: (202) 912-8484

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FAQs

What are your practice hours?

Our practice hours are from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by telephoning our practice at (202) 770-1447.

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure during which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and treatment of problems inside the joint.

What conditions are treated with arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic examination of joints is helpful in diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Inflammation: Synovitis, the inflammation of the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle.
  • Acute Injuries: Acute injuries in the Hip Knee and Ankle include labral tears, ligament tears, cartilage injuries, or meniscus tears.
  • Chronic Injuries: Chronic injuries in the hip knee and ankle include instability, overuse, meniscus or labral deficiency.
  • Removal of loose bodies of bone or cartilage that becomes logged within the joint.

How is arthroscopy performed?

During arthroscopic surgery, either a general, spinal, or a local anesthesia will be given depending on the condition. A small incision of the size of a buttonhole is made through which the arthroscope is inserted. Other accessory incisions will be made through which specially designed instruments are inserted. After the procedure is completed, arthroscope is removed and incisions are closed.

What are the possible complications associated with arthroscopy?

Some of the possible complications after arthroscopy include infection, phlebitis (clotting of blood in vein), excessive swelling, bleeding, blood vessel, or nerve damage and instrument breakage.

What is the recovery process after arthroscopic surgery?

It may take several weeks for the puncture wounds to heal and the joint to recover completely. A rehabilitation program may be advised for a speedy recovery of normal joint function. You can resume normal activities and go back to work within a few days. You may be instructed about the incision care, activities to be avoided, and exercises to be performed for faster recovery.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Getting a full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

Do you have a meniscus tear?
Have you been told that you are to old or that you need to have it removed?

I am participating and recruiting patients for a new clinical study looking at repairing meniscus tears to return your knee to normal function and prevent further degeneration to knee osteoarthritis. Make an appointment today to see if you are eligible.

What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointment remember to bring the following:

  • A pair of shorts so Dr. Faucett can examine the skin on your extremities.
  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)
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