Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure that
orthopaedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat problems that affect a joint. Sometimes referred
to as a “keyhole surgery,” arthroscopy involves inserting
a very thin, metal tube called an arthroscope into the area. The arthroscope
features a tiny camera and a light source that allows an orthopaedic surgeon
to visualize the damage, figure out the cause of the problem, and perhaps
even treat the problem during the same surgery.
Reasons for Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is most often performed on the knees, hips, ankles,
shoulders, elbows, and wrists. An orthopaedic surgeon may recommend this
procedure for patients who experience persistent joint pain, stiffness,
and swelling, especially if a diagnosis cannot be confirmed through medical
images. Arthritis, frozen shoulder, and carpal tunnel syndrome are some
examples of conditions for which arthroscopy can be helpful.
Steps of Arthroscopic Surgery
First, the surgery team will administer anesthesia to the patient. Then,
a very small incision is made and the arthroscope is inserted. Additional
small incisions may be made if the surgeon needs to insert other instruments
or to visualize other parts of the joint. Using these specialized medical
instruments, the orthopaedic surgeon can diagnose the underlying problem
and perhaps treat it. During arthroscopy, the surgeon may drain excess
fluid, repair damaged cartilage, and remove small bone or cartilage fragments.
Recovering from Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery requires a minimal recovery period compared to the recovery required for traditional open surgeries. Some
patients may even resume their normal activities within a few days, although
it may take several weeks for the area to fully heal. After recovering,
patients can look forward to improved quality of life without persistent symptoms.
Here at MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet routinely perform
highly sophisticated arthroscopic procedures using state-of-the-art medical
equipment. We treat a wide range of conditions, including ACL tears, meniscus
tears, and shoulder pain—just to name a few. If you’ve been
referred to an orthopaedic doctor for specialized care, you can schedule
an appointment by calling (815) 741-6900.