What is a synovectomy?

Synovectomy surgery involves removing painful inflamed tissue from around your joints. It is performed through arthroscopy and commonly used to treat joints affected by early rheumatoid arthritis, where the bone and cartilage has been unaffected.

Synovectomy can help to reduce pain and increase function, relieving symptoms temporarily and delaying or even preventing the need for a total joint replacement. It is usually considered when less invasive solutions such as medication and cortisone injections have failed to improve symptoms.

What happens during a synovectomy?

Synovectomy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that we perform through arthroscopy, which is a type of keyhole surgery. This approach involves making a very small incision and using thin instruments to inspect and repair the joint.

You will be given a general anaesthetic before your surgery, so you will be completely unaware of the procedure. During your operation Mr Nirav Shah will carefully remove any damaged synovium tissue that is causing you pain and discomfort.

How long does it take to recover from a synovectomy?

You’ll be able to go home on the same day as your surgery, and we’ll provide you with a comprehensive aftercare guide. This will explain how to look after yourself and get the best results from your surgery.

Included in the cost of your treatment are two physiotherapy sessions. These will help you learn how to move and use your joints in the correct way. If possible we advise our patients to continue their physiotherapy beyond these two sessions for the best outcome.

If you follow your aftercare advice carefully, you should be able to resume light activities with 1-3 weeks, and more strenuous exercise within 6 weeks. We will see you for two follow-up appointments after your surgery, where we can make sure that everything is on track and everyone is happy with your progress.

To find out more about synovectomy surgery, please get in touch on 01903 707373 or contact us through our online form.

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