Arthroscopy is the preferred surgical technique of orthopedic surgeons because of its minimal invasiveness, low risk of complications, and quick recovery time.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows orthopaedic surgeons to visualize a joint and make repairs through small incisions. Arthroscopy is the preferred method of surgical evaluation and treatment of the knees and shoulders. It is also gaining momentum in surgical evaluation of the ankle. Regarded as a modern marvel of the 20th century, arthroscopy changed the way orthopaedic surgeons like Dr. Cavazos, our arthroscopy specialist, treats joint injuries and greatly reduced the morbidity rates in orthopaedic procedures.
How Arthroscopy Works
Small incisions are made into the tissue the surrounds the joint. Through these incisions small tools called endoscopes are placed. These scopes are used to light up the area inside of the joint to clearly visualize the desired tissue. Once the site is identified, surgeons are able to work within this small space to make the necessary repairs without having to cut the tissue wide open which would result in unneeded trauma. Once the repair is complete the surgeons remove their tools from the small incisions and close the skin.
Benefits of Arthroscopy
The benefits of arthroscopic procedures compared to open surgery are truly countless, but just to name a few:
- Can generally be performed as an outpatient procedure
- Pain is greatly reduced due to minimal manipulation of healthy tissue
- Swelling is greatly reduced due to minimal incisions
- Risk of infection is exponentially lower due to minimal invasiveness
- Risk of complications related to blood loss is significantly lower
- Recovery time is much shorter
- Minimal scarring at incisions
Arthroscopy is a safe and effective way to surgically evaluate and repair joints. The benefits of arthroscopy greatly outweigh the added risks of open surgery.
If you have questions about your upcoming arthroscopic procedure our staff is happy to address all of your concerns. Please contact us at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at (757) 873-1554 for more information.