Arthroscopic Surgery at Alliance Orthopedics
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat problems with the joints. During the procedure, a small, fiber-optic instrument (arthroscope) is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Your surgeon will then be able to view the inside of the joint on a monitor to determine the cause of your symptoms and make a diagnosis.
Conditions That Arthroscopic Surgery May Treat
In addition to diagnosing problems with the joints, arthroscopic surgery may also be used to treat several conditions, including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cartilage damage
- Meniscus tears
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Foot and ankle conditions
Alliance Orthopedics is committed to providing our patients with a well-rounded approach to treatment. That’s why we always aim to use more conservative treatment methods before turning to surgery.
However, in some cases, surgery may be the best option for you. Our team of board-certified surgeons will work with you to provide a thorough evaluation and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
The Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery
Aside from being minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery offers many other benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and rehabilitation
- Less scarring
- More accurate diagnosis
By working with some of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the country, we are able to provide our patients with access to the most innovative and effective treatments available. From cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures to advanced regenerative therapies, we will work with you to get better faster.
What To Expect During Arthroscopic Surgery
If it is determined that you are a candidate for arthroscopic surgery, your surgeon will first review the procedure with you in detail and answer any questions you may have. Your surgeon will also order imaging tests such as an X-ray to get a closer look at the inside of your joint.
On the day of the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia to eliminate any pain during the surgery. Your surgeon will then make a small incision and insert the arthroscope into your joint. Once the scope is in place, your surgeon will be able to view the inside of your joint on a monitor. Using special instruments, your surgeon will then treat the condition that is causing your symptoms.
Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be closed, and you will be taken to a recovery room to be monitored. Most patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure and resume normal activities within a few weeks. Your surgeon will also provide you with specific instructions for your post-operative care.