When you have a joint problem, arthroscopy allows the team at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute to closely examine the joint, diagnose the problem, and repair it without the trauma of open surgery. After arthroscopy, you have less pain, you recover faster, yet there’s no skimping on the quality of your surgical repair. Arthroscopy produces the same or better results compared with open surgery. If you have ongoing joint problems, call the offices in Stockbridge or Griffin, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure done to diagnose and treat problems in your joints. The procedure is minimally invasive because it only needs small incisions about one-quarter of an inch long. Then your Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute surgeon does the surgery using pencil-thin instruments.
The primary instrument is called an arthroscope. It contains lighting and a video camera. Your surgeon inserts the scope through an incision into your joint, and the camera sends enhanced images to a monitor.
Your Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute surgeon uses the image on the monitor to examine the tissues and verify or determine the diagnosis.
To repair problems in the joint, they insert narrow surgical tools through a second incision. They then manipulate these instruments from outside your body while viewing the joint tissues on the monitor.
With only a few exceptions, Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute begins your treatment with conservative therapies. If your symptoms continue despite conservative care, you’ll probably need arthroscopy.
These are a few examples of the orthopedic conditions the team treats using arthroscopy:
This list is far from complete, but it shows the range of problems that can benefit from arthroscopy.
Nearly all joint procedures that were once done using open surgery can now be done with arthroscopy. For example, the team at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute can:
In some cases, even a joint replacement can be done during an arthroscopic procedure.
Arthroscopy causes less stress and trauma. As a result, you gain the following health benefits:
Another great benefit is that many arthroscopic procedures are done on an outpatient basis. If you should need hospitalization, your stay will be much shorter compared with that required by open surgery.
To learn more about arthroscopy or schedule an appointment, call Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute or request an appointment online today.