Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses small incisions and special instruments to treat damaged joint tissue. It is one of the most common orthopedic procedures in the U.S.
The procedure enables the surgeon to see inside the joint by means of a pencil-sized tube called an arthroscope, which transmits images of the joint through a small video camera to a TV monitor.
The surgeon uses the images projected on the monitor to guide the surgery or to diagnose issues and determine the best course of care. When the procedure is complete, the incision can be closed using a few sutures or, in some cases, a surgical adhesive.
Because arthroscopy requires much smaller incisions than traditional surgery, there is far less tissue damage and bleeding. This promotes faster healing and reduces the risk of complications.
Arthroscopy can be used for many joint injuries, particularly those of the knee, hip and shoulder, but it can also be used to treat issues affecting the ankle and wrist. Many arthroscopic procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Lancaster Orthopedic Group uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery when appropriate to reduce tissue damage and promote faster, more comfortable healing.