By Dr. Nady Hamid
Less invasive than traditional "open" surgery, arthroscopy can evaluate, diagnose and treat many joint conditions.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Through an incision the size of a buttonhole, the surgeon inserts a tool about the size of a pencil called arthroscope. The image from the arthroscope is visible to the surgeon on a television allowing a visual of the entire joint that can be used to better diagnose any issues. Many conditions can be repaired during the surgery and the procedure is personalized to each patient's needs.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
As compared to traditional open surgery, arthroscopy is less invasive. This means some procedures can be completed as out-patient surgeries giving patients the option to be back home the same day. Arthroscopy can also minimize pain and the need for pain medication post-surgery as well as reduce overall recovery time.