What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive method of diagnosing and treating
wrist and hand problems. During arthroscopic surgery, the orthopedic surgeon
will create a very small incision and insert an instrument equipped with
a miniaturized video camera into the joint space. The camera will provide
a magnified, high-resolution image of the joint projected onto a monitor
in the operating suite. Once this is done, the surgeon can see the affected
area and treat the condition using very small instruments inserted through
one or more additional small incisions.
Diagnostic arthroscopy is generally considered more accurate than the commonly
used nonsurgical studies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Using
the arthroscope, your orthopedic surgeon can carefully analyze the abnormalities
and take incisive action to remedy them. In addition, after identifying
a problem, doctors are often able to treat it immediately.
Conditions that can be treated using arthroscopic surgery include:
- Tears in the ligaments or the triangular fibrocartilage complex
- Removal of inflamed tissue that is causing pain and joint damage
- Removal of ganglion cysts and treatment of instability
- Fractures of the distal radius or scaphoid bone
If you and your doctor decide upon arthroscopic surgery, it will most likely
be performed as an outpatient procedure. Hoag Orthopedic Institute implements
state-of-the-art operating room equipment in order to facilitate procedures
such as arthroscopic surgery. As a part of Hoag Orthopedic Institute’s
commitment to a greater standard of service, you will find an impressive
one-to-one or one-to-two nurse to patient ratio in outpatient surgery.
The quality of care at our Orange County orthopedic facilities is one
of the reasons top notch orthopedic surgeons, recognized for expertise
in minimally invasive surgery, have aligned their practices with Hoag
Take the First Step Towards a Pain Free Future
The orthopedic surgeons at Hoag Orthopedic Institute are recognized as
leaders in the field of
wrist and hand surgery. We perform many of these procedures at our convenient outpatient locations.
When you schedule your arthroscopic surgery, we will make sure to walk
you through the process and provide all the information you need for pre
and post-operative matters.
The entire Hoag Orthopedic Institute team, from doctors to surgical techs
and physical therapists, is dedicated to safety, pain management, and
achieving the optimal outcome for our patients. Each surgery requires
different periods of immobilization, dressing changes, and wound care.
Your doctor will discuss the specifics of your post-operative recovery
with you prior to surgery and will follow up after surgery to discuss
physical therapy and activity guidelines.
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