Understanding Arthroscopic Surgery And When You Might Need It

February 12th, 2019 Becki Andrus

What Is Arthroscopic Surgery & When To Visit The Doctor

At some point in your life, you might find yourself in need of consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, after suddenly encountering an injury that is not only painful but leaves you unable to function as you normally would from a physical standpoint. You don’t have to be involved in athletic activities for this to occur, and it might not even result from recreational activities of any kind. In fact, your pain might not even be related to any form of injury, and could instead be the result of illness or disease.

There is no age limitation that can be placed on when any of these issues might take place. Fortunately, orthopedic surgeons have the expertise to diagnose a health issue that has impacted you in any of these scenarios, and can also create a plan that includes treatment and rehabilitation for a number of challenges that you might be facing with your shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot, ankle, or spine.

The Expertise Of Orthopedic Surgeons

Regardless of your specific condition or concern, where it is located on your body or the degree of seriousness that is involved with your issue, it should be helpful to know that the expertise that an orthopedic surgeon brings to these situations will enable them to diagnose injuries, diseases, and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

They are highly skilled experts that are fully committed to providing you with the most effective treatment for your particular issue in order to maximize your chances of attaining the healthiest possible day-to-day existence. Also, it is important to remember that their goals for your treatment and rehabilitation can be both surgical and non-surgical, and this is the case for all health challenges that might be taking place in your joints, tendons, muscles, or ligaments.

As mentioned previously, the necessity for consulting with one of these trained professionals often exists due to an injury from being involved in sports or recreational activities. However, the origin of the problem can also be the result of injuries due to a number of other reasons or can be related to an illness that has impacted an area of your body in which orthopedic surgeons will specialize.

How Arthroscopy Can Help You

While an orthopedic surgeon will make every attempt to construct an effective plan toward diminishing your discomfort and improving your health without recommending surgery, sometimes arthroscopic surgery is your best option.

Arthroscopy (ARE-THROS-KUH-PEE) is a procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to examine, diagnose, and treat any problems that might emerge in your joints. This form of surgery is far less invasive than the conventional surgical techniques that were prevalent before arthroscopy became a positive alternative to patients and surgeons late in the 20th century.

The process allows your surgeon to look inside your joint without forcing you to deal with the unwanted ramifications of a large incision. This is accomplished by his or her ability to use a miniature television camera that is attached to the arthroscope. The surgeon will insert the extremely thin surgical instrument into the area of your body that is causing pain by making a small incision, then determine specifically what is causing your health issue.

There are many cases in which the surgeon can also repair joint damage through arthroscopic surgery. This allows your surgeon to examine the impacted area during the procedure, then provide a diagnosis, and treatment for the joint that is causing the pain.

This becomes highly beneficial if you are suffering from an injury or a disease in your joints since the diagnosis and treatment can be determined when your surgeon is immediately supplied with a clear view of your specific problem. This can sometimes be used in coordination with X-rays MRIs, or CT scans.

Since we have already established the critical joints in your body in which arthroscopy can help you, it is clear that the list of issues that can be diagnosed and improved through arthroscopy is immense.

This includes (but is not limited to) inflammations, rotator cuff injuries, tendon tears, impingement syndrome, meniscal (cartilage) tears in the ligament of the knee, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and a number of other acute and chronic injuries or illnesses that impact your knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip or wrist.

While arthroscopic surgery will not subject you to nearly the degree of pain and stiffness that can result from open surgery, patients may receive medication or aspirin in order to diminish the possibility of a blood clot.

At Orthopedic Associates We Can Help

Finding an orthopedic surgeon with impressive credentials who also has established a track record of successful outcomes with his or her patients is not a simple task. But If you are dealing with pain from an injury or illness that has led you to consider your medical options, our all-inclusive end-to-end care at Orthopedic Associates includes board-certified doctors that have a combined 183 years of experience, which includes physicians that specialize in each area of the body where you might have encountered a problem.

We certainly hope that you will never require surgery. But if it becomes your best option, we will ensure that it just part of the most effective plan for treatment, and rehabilitation. That includes the specialized equipment and advanced technology at our surgical facilities, which are conveniently located at our two locations.

Your convenient out-patient experience will involve our operating rooms with preoperative and recovery bays, along with two private recovery rooms which enable us to provide you with outstanding care throughout the entire process.

Our in-house physical therapy resources are also nearby, as you will be the beneficiary of over 5,500 square feet that are fully dedicated to delivering the effective therapy that you need in order to have a long-lasting recovery.

Finally, we will continue to guide you through the remaining portion of the process during your follow-up visits, in order to help you achieve long-term improvement.

If you have any question or concerns about your pain that is related to injury or illness, visit one of our Orthopedic Associates two locations or request an appointment today. We are fully committed to paving the path toward a pain-free life for you. 

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