Onward Orthopedic partner physicians have extensive experience in arthroscopic procedures. They use this technique to diagnose and treat pain and immobility caused by common orthopedic conditions. In addition, this minimally invasive approach does not require an overnight stay and reduces post-op pain and recovery time.
The word arthroscope means “to look within the joint”. Hence, orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to the visualize and treat issues in your joints. While diagnosing injuries and disease starts with medical history, evaluation and X-rays, many surgeons make the final diagnosis with arthroscopic surgery. The shoulders, knees, and hips make up the lion’s share of scope procedures.
To begin an arthroscopic procedure, an orthopedic surgeon creates small incisions near your painful joint. Next, the surgeon inserts a tiny camera through one of the incisions to inspect the joint. Upon inspection, the final diagnosis can be confirmed. Once diagnosis is confirmed, the surgeon uses tiny surgical instruments to treat the condition and repair function. Because the surgeon creates small incisions, you experience less scarring, less risk of infection, and reduced recover time.
Common Conditions Treated with Arthroscopy
What to Expect
Joint arthroscopy takes place at a surgical facility. It usually requires general or local anesthesia depending on your condition. Most patients go home the day of surgery with their small incisions healing within days of the procedure. The joint itself will take weeks to fully recover. Either way, your surgeon will advise you on a recovery plan after the procedure to ensure you bounce back to 100% as quickly as possible.