Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose and treat disorders inside a joint. The term originates from Greek words "arthro" (joint) and "skopein" (to look or view).
According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than four million arthroscopic knee procedures are performed worldwide each year.
M Health orthopedic specialists perform many arthroscopic surgeries to restore joints and alleviate pain. Arthroscopic surgery differs from open surgery in that it requires only very small incisions and is usually done on an outpatient basis. As a result, recovery for you or your child is faster, and there is typically less pain than there would be with larger incisions in an open surgery.
To examine a joint problem, our surgeon will make several small incisions in your skin around the affected joint and then insert instruments about the size of a pencil. One instrument will include a small camera lens and a light to see inside your joint. By viewing the images on a television screen, the surgeon can identify the injury. If surgical repairs are needed, such as repairing a torn ligament, miniature surgical instruments can be inserted through one of the other incisions.
Multidisciplinary teams of physicians from many healthcare specialties, including orthopedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation and physical therapy, are available to help you through the treatment and recovery process. You will receive excellent care and advanced treatments with the ultimate goal of offering optimal outcomes. We continue to perform leading-edge research in collaboration with the Masonic Cancer Center, providing you access to current clinical trials.
Conditions We Treat
Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: