Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed using an arthroscope, a narrow, flexible tube with a small camera attached to the end. The arthroscope allows your surgeon to take a look at your affected area without making large incisions.

Arthroscopy is both a diagnostic and treatment technique that allows your doctor to address a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint inflammation
  • Torn tendons and ligaments
  • Meniscal tears
  • Labral tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Loose bone or cartilage

Arthroscopy has a number of benefits over traditional surgery. Arthroscopic procedures are minimally invasive, which means your surgeon can examine, repair, and replace damaged parts of your joint without causing major trauma.

Procedures like arthroscopic joint replacement are less traumatic than traditional surgical techniques, resulting in less pain, less scarring, and quicker recovery times.

How do I know if I need arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is appropriate for a wide range of conditions affecting the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, wrist, and ankle. Although many joint problems respond to conservative methods of treatment, certain conditions require more intensive treatment.

At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, the team exhausts all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. If your condition causes severe symptoms or doesn’t respond to conservative care, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy to further examine your joint problem.

What happens during arthroscopic surgery?

During arthroscopy, your orthopaedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope through a small incision. They use the arthroscope to view any damage to your joint or surrounding structures. If appropriate, your surgeon then inserts several additional small instruments to correct or repair your condition.

Once the procedure is complete, your surgeon closes your incisions, and you’re off to recovery.

Is there downtime after the procedure?

Aftercare or downtime depends on the specifics of your procedure. Depending on the location of your surgery, you may have to limit your activities for a few days or weeks.

In most cases, recovery time is minimal. To help improve your recovery and prevent further complications, your doctor may recommend physical therapy.

Arthroscopic surgery is a safe and effective treatment technique that allows your doctor to address your joint problem without causing major trauma or tissue damage.

To find out if arthroscopy is right for you, book your appointment by phone or online today at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates.

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