What is arthroscopy, and is it right for you?
Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that allows the physician to see inside a joint using a scope or small viewing instrument. The surgeon is able to get a useful look at the joint without making a large incision or affecting other areas of the joint
What is arthroscopy compared to traditional surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery isn’t the best solution to every joint issue, but it can help to relieve pain and repair damage in a variety of situations. Patients often appreciate this type of procedure because it helps minimize the risk of infection and lowers their recovery time after surgery. Arthroscopic surgeries are also quicker than traditional surgeries and can be performed as outpatient procedures. In some cases, you may be in surgery for just 10 minutes and able to return home soon thereafter.
When is arthroscopy necessary?
Almost any joint can be inspected using a small scope, but the joints most commonly treated with an arthroscopy are:
Bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments are the main components of our joints. When these are compromised due to injury or disease, an arthroscopic surgery can often help. It allows the surgeon to smooth out the damaged parts of the joint or repair pieces that may be torn, pinched, or strained.
When is arthroscopy not appropriate?
Some physicians believe arthroscopic surgeries are not useful for those suffering from degenerative knee disease which is sometimes arthritis. In these cases, arthroscopic surgeries do not always produce a long-term benefit. It is essential to speak with a specialist and understand all your options before you agree to any type of surgery. There are often other steps you can take before resorting to surgery of any kind, even something that is less invasive, like arthroscopy.
Alternatives to arthroscopy
The most important thing is to speak with a specialist and understand all your options before you agree to any type of surgery. One of our main goals as physicians at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is to educate patients so they can make the best decisions possible. We work with you one-on-one to determine the most effective plan for your condition. Every situation is different, so it is vital that your doctor not take a “cookie-cutter” approach to your treatment and recovery.