Living with joint pain is difficult, but facing open surgery can be daunting. Fortunately, there are different types of surgeries available to modern patients. Arthroscopy is considered to be a less invasive type of surgery used for joint problems. But what is Arthroscopic joint repair? How do you know if it’s right for you?
What is Arthroscopy?
According to the Mayo Clinic Arthroscopy (ahr-THROS-kuh-pee) is “a procedure for diagnosing and treating joint problems.” A trained orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision and insert a tube with a fiber optic cable into the affected joint. This allows a small camera to see damage that is unable to be detected with the naked eye, or has proven difficult using x-rays and other methods. This gives the surgeon a much clearer idea of how to fix your joint. In some cases can even use shaving tools to repair the joint during the investigative stages. Arthroscopy has been found to successfully correct issues with:
- Loose bone fragments
- Damaged or torn cartilage
- Inflamed joint linings
- Torn ligaments
- Scarring within joints
When is this a good fit?
Do you have inflammation in your joints?
if so, Arthroscopic joint repair may be just what you need.
Do you have long term damage within a joint that other therapies haven’t totally eliminated?
many patients find the relief they seek after an arthroscopic procedure.
What joints can benefit from Arthroscopic Joint Repair?
Any damaged joint can undergo the procedure, but the most common are knees, shoulders, hips, and wrists.
Is Arthroscopic Joint repair right for me?
If you have a damaged joint or living with joint pain, this may be a viable option for you. As always, you should discuss your options with your primary care physician or a qualified Orthopedic Surgeon.
What happens next?
After the procedure there will be a recovery period just like any time you undergo surgery. The risks are very few and complications are uncommon. This is usually an hour-long outpatient procedure, depending on the extent of the damage in your joint.
Recovery will comes in stages. You will need to utilize R.I.C.E. method immediately after the procedure, and may take several weeks to months for a full return to strenuous activity. Physical therapy can reduce recovery times. Each case is unique, so your experience may vary slightly. It is important to talk to your doctor about your questions and concerns.
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