As technology continues to improve, new surgical techniques are becoming available that don’t require large incisions or general anesthesia. If your doctor needs to get an internal look at one of your joints, arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that may be recommended.
When Would I Get an Arthroscopy?
If other procedures like MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, and x-rays have not been able to conclusively diagnose your joint problem, your doctor might recommend arthroscopy. Also, if you doctor needs a joint tissue sample as part of diagnostic testing, arthroscopy will likely be used to collect the sample.
Why Get an Arthroscopy?
In addition to using arthroscopy to diagnose joint problems, the procedure may also be used to:
- Perform joint surgery
- Shave off excess bone tissue
- Repair ligaments
- Take samples of the joint tissue or fluid
- Remove inflamed scar tissue
Arthroscopy requires the doctor to make a small incision to insert a tiny camera and light. The doctor can then perform the necessary task by looking at a clear picture of your joint on a computer monitor. This method, when compared to larger incisions or open surgery, is much less invasive and allows you to heal much more quickly.
If an arthroscopic procedure is performed on a joint in your hips or legs, you may need to use crutches for a short period of time during your recovery. Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that doesn't typically require a hospital stay, but patients should still plan to have someone drive them home following the procedure.
Surgeons and physicians at Orthopedic Specialty Group are highly trained, licensed, and have many years of experience performing a wide range of arthroscopic procedures, as well as other complex orthopedic surgeries. Also, our nurses and other staff members, are dedicated to making sure patients are comfortable every step of the way.
If you doctor has suggested an arthroscopic procedure, call the Intermountain Orthopedic Specialty Group to schedule an appointment.