Arthroscopy (Knee and Shoulder)
Have no fear weekend warriors! The doctors of Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic specialize in arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgery used for injuries such as torn rotator cuffs, meniscus tears, ligament injuries, or trauma to cartilage. Using tiny incisions, tiny tools, and an instrument called an arthroscope, our doctors can repair an injury without performing open surgery, thereby reducing recovery time to about seven days. We offer same-day appointments and emergency care, as well as MRIs, x-rays, physical therapy, and injections all in the same building—making sure your recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
- What is arthroscopy?
- What is arthroscopy used for?
- How long will I be away from work?
- Is arthroscopy painful?
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgery used to repair a joint, cartilage, or ligament. Very small incisions are made, and pencil thin instruments are threaded through the incisions, guided with small fiber optic cables, to perform the repair. An arthroscope, threaded through one of the incisions, is used to see the injury and perform the repair without having to rely on open surgery. Arthroscopy has all but replaced open procedures, which are far more traumatic and require longer recovery time.
What is arthroscopy used for?
Arthroscopy is great for weekend warriors! Active patients who might have torn a rotator cuff, or suffered a meniscus or ligament injury, are delighted to hear they’ll be able to get their injury fixed without major surgery or a long recovery time.
How long will I be away from work?
We offer same-day appointments and emergency care, when necessary. Any diagnostic services required are also offered in the office. So if you’re injured and anxious to get right back out there, don’t hesitate to get in touch. The recovery period from arthroscopic surgery lasts about a week, so you’ll be back at it in no time.
Is arthroscopy painful?
Arthroscopy involves very small incisions, so there’s less healing to do and less discomfort. The specialists of Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic use anesthesia and sedation to make sure you feel no pain during the procedure, and you’ll be back to full functionality within a week or so. Some patients experience tenderness during the recovery period, but our doctors can help you decide between several options for pain reduction.