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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Arthroscopic surgery while pregnant

 mickapoo - Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:38 am

If there is a physician monitoring this forum, I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

I just found out I am pregnant- my last period was 10/4/05. I am scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery on 11/7/05. My orthopedic surgeon believes either my meniscus is torn, or there is a loose piece of bone or cartiledge floating around in my knee. I'd like to proceed with the surgery, but not am in so much pain that it could not wait until after I deliver.

What I would like to know is are there any safe methods of anethesia (i.e. would local be ok), and would I be able to take any narcotic pain medicines without harming the embryo?

I have an appt to speak with my obstetrician, but can't see him until after my surgery.

Thank you very much.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:58 am

User avatar Hi mickapoo,
Have you notified your orthopedic surgeon that you are pregnant? If you have not done so already, I would advise you to do so. He/she would most likely want to get clearance from your obstetrician before hand. Generally speaking, unless a surgical procedure is an emergency a physician may want to delay a procedure. Narcotics are not advisable during pregnancy and if the procedure is completed a NSAID (Motrin) would be safer to use. Again make sure that you notify both physicians prior to this procedure.

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