Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive orthopedic procedure that the team at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. uses to diagnose and treat many joint problems.
Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to look inside your joint without making a large incision. Smaller incisions lead to a variety of benefits, including less blood loss, reduced scarring, and a faster and easier recovery.
The surgeons at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. use arthroscopy for a variety of joint problems, including:
Your surgeon may use arthroscopy to diagnose the cause of joint pain, including hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, or wrist pain.
The team at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. performs many arthroscopic procedures on an outpatient basis at the nearby Physician Surgery Center. That means you can go home the same day.
During arthroscopic surgery, your surgeon makes a tiny incision that’s about the size of a buttonhole. Then, they insert a pencil-thin tube with a light and camera into the incision. The camera magnifies images and projects them onto a monitor for your surgeon to view.
If the surgeon detects a problem in your joint, they may be able to treat it in the same arthroscopic procedure by making another small incision.
The recovery period after an arthroscopic procedure is typically much shorter and less painful than that of open surgery. However, you still need to plan for some downtime.
Recovery time varies from person to person, depending on the type of injury and procedure. Your orthopedic surgeon at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. helps you plan for what to expect from your specific recovery process.
They also prescribe physical therapy to help you recover successfully while regaining strength and range of motion.
To find out if an arthroscopic procedure can help you, call West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C., or schedule an appointment online today.