A minimally invasive surgical technique, arthroscopic surgery is used by orthopedic surgeons to examine and possibly treat the internal structure of a joint.
In an arthroscopic procedure, a surgeon makes a small incision and inserts an arthroscope. The arthroscope has a small lens and lighting system. The arthroscope is attached to a small television camera. The structures of the area being examined are magnified and displayed to a television monitor.
This minimally invasive surgical procedure is commonly used by surgeons to examine the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle and hip. Examples of conditions a surgeon performing an arthroscopy is looking for include damage caused by an injury (tears or wear), loose cartilage, loose bone and possibly inflammation. An arthroscopy may be done if the results of a patient x-ray or other imaging are inconclusive. Sometimes a patient’s disorder can be repaired after an arthroscopic examination, avoiding a second surgery. The procedure is mostly commonly used for knee and shoulder surgery.
Benefits of arthroscopic surgery when compared to traditional surgery include less post-operative pain, less scarring, faster recovery times, lower risk of complications and shorter hospital stays.
Like any major surgical procedure, an arthroscopy is not without risk. While risk associated with an arthroscopic procedure are rare, surgical risk should be a topic you discuss with your surgeon. Examples of possibly risk or complications as a result of an arthroscopic surgery include infection, swelling or an allergic reaction to anesthesia.
Common Conditions Treated Using Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery may be used to examine or repair various disorders and injuries. Examples of conditions that can be treated using arthroscopic surgery include:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL)
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (PCL)
Rotator Cuff Tear
Hip Fracture Repair
Snapping Hip Syndrome
Arthroscopic procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. Your surgeon should discuss preparation and the recovery process.
Joint Pain and Treatment
If you suffer from joint pain or any other musculoskeletal disorder, call Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics and make an appointment with one our highly experienced orthopedic doctors. Waiting to have a disorder or injury diagnosed and evaluated may limit treatment options. The majority of our patients will be able to regain functionality and relieve pain using combination of conservative, non-operative treatments.
Dr. Don Heitman
Dr. Raz Winiarsky