Arthroscopic Surgery allows our surgeons to see, diagnose, and treat problems on the inside of a joint. This procedure can be used on the shoulder, knee, hip, wrist, and ankle. It is a minimally invasive procedure during which a small incision allows the surgeon to insert a pencil-size instrument inside the joint. A camera attached to the arthroscope displays images of the joint on a monitor, allowing the surgeon to make the best decision regarding type of injury or what type of procedure is necessary.
Diagnosing joint injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) also scan may be needed. An arthroscopic procedure tends to be more accurate than open surgery or X-ray exams, and can enable a surgeon to make a final diagnosis. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made, which may be more accurate than through “open” surgery or from X-ray studies.
Conditions treated with arthroscopy include: bone spurs, damaged or torn cartilage, inflamed or infected joints, loose bone fragments, torn ligaments and tendons, and scarring or tissue overgrowth within joints.
These surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need to stay overnight in a hospital.There are potential risks associated with arthroscopic surgery which will be discussed at length with your Bone & Joint Clinic surgeon. Together, you will be able to decide if arthroscopy is the best option for you. If a surgery can be done arthroscopically, the patient may experience less pain, less tissue trauma, and have a quicker recovery period.
At Bone and Join Clinic our patients are our number one priority. That’s why we have surgeons who specialize in various procedures to provide you with the expertise you need. Consult with one of our expert surgeons to see if Arthroscopic Surgery is right for you.