Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A
What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach to treating a variety of orthopedic conditions. This type of surgery requires only small incisions to access the treatment area and can often address even complex issues without causing unnecessary trauma to your body.
The skilled surgeons at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC specialize in arthroscopic techniques for repairing damage caused by disease or trauma. They also use arthroscopic technologies to diagnose certain conditions, including arthritis.
What's involved in arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery techniques use specialized surgical tools and a lighted scope with an attached camera that fits into small incisions in the treatment area.
The camera sends real-time images of the inner structures of your body to an external monitor that your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC surgeon watches throughout your procedure.
This up-close look at your joints and other structures allows your surgeon insight into the severity of your condition during exploratory surgery. The technique also makes it possible for your doctor to do necessary repairs without large, open incisions.
Why do I need arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery may be recommended for you if you have an underlying medical issue that affects your musculoskeletal system that other therapies can't treat or if you have unexplained pain in your joints, soft tissues, or spine.
Your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC doctor may suggest surgery for conditions like:
If you have recurrent shoulder instability and experience frequent dislocations, you may need a special type of arthroscopic surgery known as Latarjet surgery. The goal of this procedure is to stabilize your joint and prevent additional dislocations.
Latarjet surgery involves extracting portions of bone from your shoulder blade and transplanting it into the glenoid, or the socket of your shoulder. This helps keep your shoulder joint in place to ensure the long-term prevention of shoulder dislocations.
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What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?
Because arthroscopic surgical techniques require only small incisions to make repairs, you can expect to heal much faster than with traditional surgery. Smaller incisions also minimize your risk for infection and noticeable scars.
When used as a diagnostic tool, arthroscopic technology allows your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC surgeon a close-up look of the area of injury to accurately diagnose your condition and its severity.
If you're experiencing persistent, unexplained pain or have a limited range of motion due to an injury, schedule a consultation at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC to learn more about the benefits of arthroscopic surgery using the online feature or by calling the office nearest you.