Synovitis is a condition where the lining of the knee joint becomes inflamed and painful. The symptoms the patient notices in most cases are swelling, discomfort, heat and a throbbing sensation in the knee joint with a tight feeling limiting the movement.
Synovitis is commonly associated with injuries or systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
A synovectomy is completed arthroscopically in the majority of cases. The arthroscopy is completed, the diagnosis confirmed and then a motorised shaver is used to shave away the inflamed lining of the joint.
Over time the lining will grow back, but hopefully following a synovectomy it grows back in a less inflamed and less painful form.
Synovectomy is a procedure which most patients record to be associated with some pain for up to two weeks and discomfort. Bleeding can occur after synovectomy but these days we use injectable agents into the knee which minimise the risk of bleeding.
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