Do You Know About the Maintenance and Upkeep of Arthroscopy Scope?

Arthroscopy scope is a minimally invasive surgery that can examine the inside of joints. Doctors use a small observation tool called arthroscope to see the joint surface, the hard tissue covering the joint cartilage, and surrounding soft tissue like ligaments.

Arthroscopy scope can be used to diagnose joint problems or if joint repair surgery is needed. It can also be used to address joint looseness or remove foreign objects, as well as track diseases or observe treatment results. Arthroscopy scope is most commonly performed on the knee, shoulder, and ankle, but can also be used on the hip, elbow, and wrist. It has the advantages of small incision, minimal trauma, less scarring, quick recovery, and few complications.

How long after arthroscopic surgery can you return to work?

Arthroscopic surgery recovery or when you can return to work is directly related to the location of the lesion, the extent of the injury, and the type of surgery. It needs to be determined based on the patient's recovery condition.

If it is a simple arthroscopic examination, you can generally return to work after about a month. If the degree of injury is more serious, reconstruction or repair of ligaments through arthroscopy usually requires about three months of rest. If there is a large injury or slower recovery, you may need to rest for about six months before considering returning to work once joint function is fully restored.

Maintenance and care for arthroscopy scope

Prior to use, carefully inspect the metal structure of the arthroscope to ensure that it is smooth and free of damage, that the outer tube and interface are tight, and that there is no water leakage. Check whether the gap between the core and the sheath, or the arthroscope and the sheath, is symmetrical, and if the core is in the center. Verify the locking ability of the tube and sheath, whether the surgical forceps can open and close smoothly under sheath protection, and whether the mirror surface of the arthroscope is damaged or injured.

After each operation, the metal parts should be gently wiped with a soft cloth soaked in soft soap water and rinsed with clean water. The joint of the endoscope and surgical instruments should be wiped with gauze or cotton swabs, and then rinsed clean. The mirror surface and lens should be lightly washed with a wet cotton, without exerting too much force. Then, immerse them in enzyme solution for10- 30 min, followed by rinsing all instruments with distilled water. Arthroscopy instruments and surgical instruments need to be lubricated with silicone oil after use to provide lubrication and rust prevention. Before disinfection, the oil should be wiped off with 75% alcohol.

Use and maintenance of the lighting system: to ensure that the arthroscope scope works normally during examination, diagnosis, and surgery, safety grounding wires must be set according to specific requirements for lightning protection and disaster reduction. A voltage stabilizer should also be configured, and safety checks should be performed annually by the city lightning protection detection center. The cold light source should be turned on gradually from weak to strong, and turned off immediately after use. The fiber optic cable should not be wound with a diameter of 5cm or less, and should not be bent to prevent breakage. The charger should be charged for a4-6 hours once used up, and charged for30 minutes to1 hour before use. This is to prevent battery depletion and ensure successful surgery.

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