Anesthesia: The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that the patient remains comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
Incision: A small incision is made over the prepatellar bursa, which is usually located just above the kneecap. The incision allows the surgeon access to the bursa.
Bursa removal or treatment: The surgeon carefully removes the prepatellar bursa. If the bursa is inflamed or infected (prepatellar bursitis), the surgeon may also perform debridement (removal of damaged or infected tissue) and irrigation (flushing the area with a sterile solution).
Closure and dressing: After the bursa removal or treatment, the incision is closed with sutures. A sterile dressing is applied to protect the wound and promote healing.
Following the procedure, the patient will be monitored in the recovery area before being discharged. The healthcare team will provide instructions on wound care, pain management, and any activity restrictions. Rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy may be recommended to regain strength, mobility, and function in the knee.
The recovery time after excision of prepatellar bursa/bursitis can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. It may take several weeks to fully recover and return to normal activities. It’s essential to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your healthcare team and attend any scheduled follow-up appointments.