Arthroscopic Surgery; A Less Invasive Way To Treat Joint Damage
Arthroscopic Surgery (also called arthroscopy or keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure and one of the most commonly performed today.
Originally, arthroscopy was designed as a tool for visualizing, diagnosing and planning for standard surgery. Today, arthroscopic surgery has significantly enhanced the quality of orthopedic care available to patients. It allows not only for more precise diagnoses but for the treatments of a wide variety of conditions with less discomfort and recovery time.
Advantages To Arthroscopic Surgery
One of the tremendous advantages of arthroscopic surgery is the ability to limit damage to the soft-tissues surrounding the joint. It enables a quicker recovery and less delay when beginning range-of-motion and strengthening exercises sooner than with open surgical procedures.
Arthroscopic surgery could potentially be performed on any joint, and with technological advances, more joints are being arthroscopically treated. Common types of arthroscopic surgery include knee, such as repairing a torn meniscus or ACL; shoulder, including rotator cuff tears; hip, ankle, elbow, and wrist.
Arthroscopic surgery is a skill that requires specialized training and excellent hand-eye coordination. Special pencil-thin instruments are inserted through a small incision the size of a buttonhole. One such tool, called an arthroscope, contains a camera lens and a high-intensity light which allows the surgeon to peer into tiny crevices in the joint. This camera projects an image of the joint onto a screen to increase visibility and detail.
Most arthroscopic surgery is done on an outpatient basis, meaning most patients can go home within hours following the surgery. Additionally, it is not unusual for patients to go back to work or resume daily activities within a few days. In some cases, athletes and individuals in good physical condition may return to athletic activities within a few weeks.
The team at Orthopedic Centers of Colorado (OCC) works closely with each patient to map out treatment and recovery plans that are both realistic and successful for their circumstances. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons use the most innovative and successful surgical techniques. Additionally, they are backed by a supportive team of administrative and clinical professionals who take a personalized, focused, and comprehensive approach to your orthopedic health.
This includes ensuring that each patient knows what to expect prior to surgery, and encouraging pre-operation lifestyle behaviors that support overall physical health. Following surgery, our commitment to a comprehensive physical therapy plan enable the best possible post-operative outcome.