How does arthroscopic surgery work?
Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure by which the internal structure of
a joint is diagnosed and/or treated using a tube-like viewing instrument
called an arthroscope. This instrument allows your surgeon to view the
interior of the joint on a large television monitor in the operating room.
The size of the arthroscope varies with the size of the joint being examined.
There are arthroscopes as small as 0.5 millimeters in diameter to examine
small joints such as the wrist.
During arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision on
the side of the joint to be examined, and the arthroscope will be inserted
into the incision. Other instruments can also be placed in another small
incision to help maneuver certain structures into the view of the arthroscope.
Sometimes, additional instruments are inserted into the joint through
the arthroscope. These instruments can be used to cut, remove, and repair
Injuries That May Require Arthroscopic Surgery
Common injuries for which arthroscopy is considered include cartilage tears
(meniscus tears), ligament strains and tears, and cartilage deterioration
underneath the kneecap.
Arthroscopy is commonly used in the evaluation of knee and shoulder injuries,
but can also be used to examine and treat conditions of the wrist, ankles,
and elbows. Recently, repair of crevasses in the cartilage, using a “paste”
of a patient’s own cartilage cells that have been harvested and
grown in the laboratory, has been performed using an arthroscope.
If you and your doctor decide upon arthroscopic surgery, it will most likely
be performed as an outpatient procedure. 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 HOI is one of the reasons top
notch orthopedic surgeons, recognized for expertise in arthroscopic surgery,
have aligned their practices with us.
Helping You Recover from Arthroscopic Surgery
After surgery, your surgeon and a member of our physical therapy team will
determine an exercise program for you that will gradually strengthen the
muscles surrounding the joint and prevent scarring (contracture) of surrounding
soft tissues. The goal is to recover stability and strength of the joint
rapidly and safely, while preventing the build-up of scar tissue. This
program is an essential part of the recovery process for an optimal outcome
of this procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about the services that we offer,
please do not hesitate to
contact us today. Hoag Orthopedic Institute is nationally recognized.