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Arthrocentesis Surgery


Joint problems affect a large number of the world’s population, and complications become increasingly common as we age. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with persistent discomfort of the joints, and how much this can affect someone’s overall quality of life. We want to help. Arthrocentesis surgery is an option for people who are seeking relief from problems with their joints, and it’s minimally invasive, making it accessible and convenient. If you feel that you could benefit from arthrocentesis surgery, keep reading to learn more about it and whether it might be the right option for you.

What Is Arthrocentesis Surgery?

Pain or swelling of the joints can happen for several reasons, including other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and tendonitis. Arthrocentesis surgery can provide powerful relief for people struggling with these conditions. This allows us to tackle the issue with minimal invasion of the body. Arthrocentesis surgery is a procedure that allows us to drain extra join fluid from the area of concern, leading to decreased swelling and discomfort. We can use this technique on multiple areas of the body, including the soldiers, elbows, ankles, knees, and wrists. This surgery can also help us diagnose certain conditions.

Adam Eidson, DDS, FACS

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

As a top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, he’s board-certified and a Fellow of leading surgical associations. Co-founder of TruForm Surgery, Dr. Eidson, a Grand Haven, Michigan native, served as a Major in the US Army, specializing in jaw disorders and trauma cases. With a Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan, he brings a simple, compassionate approach to oral and maxillofacial health.

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Who Is a Candidate for Arthrocentesis Surgery?

Not everyone can be an ideal candidate for arthrocentesis surgery. Ideal candidates are people who are struggling with significant discomfort due to fluid buildup in one or more of their joints. Candidates should be relatively healthy and should be prepared to stop smoking before the procedure, if they smoke. Candidates should also be open with us about their medical history and their expectations so we can make sure that arthrocentesis surgery is the appropriate option for you.

What to Expect During an Arthrocentesis Surgery Procedure   

Before the day of the procedure, we’ll make sure to give you all the information you need on how to be prepared. We’ll likely ask you to stop taking certain medications, especially ones that increase the risk of bleeding. We’ll also discuss risks with you in your consultation so you can arrive feeling confident in your decision. However, this is a very safe procedure.

We usually use local anesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake but shouldn’t experience significant pain. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we’ll insert a needle into the area of concern. We’ll carefully draw fluid out of the joint and, in some cases, we’ll send it to a laboratory so it can be tested. This can help patients determine the cause of the fluid buildup.


Dr. Eidson offers a wide variety of sedation techniques including local anesthesia (numbing injections), laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and IV sedation.  Most patients are candidates for sedation.  At your consultation appointment, we will review your medical history and medications to discuss the safest and most comfortable option for your specific needs.

Arthrocentesis Surgery Aftercare

We’ll give you a thorough plan for recovery so you can be as comfortable as possible after you get home. We’ll bandage the area from which we drew fluid, and it should stay in place for at least one full day. Some minor bleeding is not uncommon. We’ll give you an antibiotic to prevent infection. It’s important to keep your head elevated, even when you’re at rest, for the day after the procedure. Some swelling and bruising might occur, but any pain can usually be managed with ice packs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Arthrocentesis Surgery?

During Arthrocentesis Surgery, your doctor will use a needle to remove fluid from a joint. This can reduce joint pain and improve mobility.

How long is recovery from Arthrocentesis Surgery?

Swelling is common after surgery and can take five to seven days to decrease. After 72 hours, you should begin to look and feel normal.

Are you awake during Arthrocentesis Surgery?

This procedure typically occurs under a general anesthetic, allowing you to fall asleep and not feel surgical discomfort.

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At TruForm Surgery, we take our patients’ stories very seriously. We want to hear about what you’ve been struggling with so we can make sure that you’re on the right path to relief and comfort. If you’re interested in learning more about arthrocentesis surgery, contact us at our office in Brighton, MI.

What Our Patients Say


TruForm surgery is the absolute greatest they are so professional and fun to work with. I would trust them if my life was hanging by a thread. The office is new and smells very good. Love them so much please consider going here you will thank yourself later.

-Chad C

Dr. Eidson and staff are truly amazing! I had to get a tooth pulled and an implant in and they made me feel so safe and taken care of! I knew what was happening all along the way so there were never any surprises! My family and I are lifetime patients!

-Kelly S

My son had his 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Adam Eidson and his caring team. He was anxious about the surgery, but they made him feel very safe and comfortable. Today he has minimal soreness and minor swelling. The entire process was a very positive experience for him. I would highly recommend Truform Surgery to any of my friends or family.

-David A

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