The word arthroscopy describes examination on the interior of a joint through a small telescope, about the size of a pencil. The most common joint examined by this method is the knee joint. Other joints such as the shoulder, elbow and hip are also examined this way.
- Arthroscopic surgery is day surgery. In almost all cases, you will be discharged on the day of surgery.
- You will have a general anesthetic. Spinal anesthetics are occasionally used.
- When it is decided that surgery is needed there is a wait time of about 6-8 months for elective surgery.
- The surgeons do maintain a cancellation list
- The surgery is done at 3 locations:
- Ambulatory Surgical Centre (ASC): 1200 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC | Map
- UBC Hospital: 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC (UBC Campus) | Map
- Vancouver General Hospital (VGH): 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC | Map
- You must sign the appropriate consent form (in the surgeon’s office, or by mail/email)
- Complete a pre-operative patient questionnaire
- Patients over 50 require an ECG.
- You may require an anesthetic consult
- Your surgeons office will notify 1 month prior to your surgery
- If you are taking blood thinners, you must notify your surgeon at least two weeks before your surgery
- Ambulatory Surgical Centre will contact you 2 days prior with your admission time
- UBC or VGH: Your surgeons office will contact you with your admission time the afternoon before your surgery
- If you are on the cancellation list, you may have 1 week’s notice.
- Wear comfortable clothing
- No nail polish
- No perfume or cologne
- No contact lenses
- Leave valuables at home
- You must have a responsible person to drive you home
- Someone to stay with you that night
- The antiseptic used is pink in colour. Don’t be alarmed if your skin at the surgical site is pink
- Because of the anesthetics and pain medications, you are considered legally impaired for 24 hours after discharge