Arthroscopy, one of the great medical developments of the 20th century, gives orthopedic surgeons in Florida the ability to view, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint with far less discomfort to the patient than open surgery. When surgery is necessary, we at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine strive for a minimally invasive, frequently arthroscopic approach to speed healing, maximize recovery, and minimize pain and scarring.
Although the interior of almost any joint can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument. These include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip and wrist. Here are the steps involved in an arthroscopic procedure.
1. The orthopaedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope, a small tube that contains optic fibers and lenses for viewing, into the joint through small incisions in the skin.
2. The arthroscope is connected to a video camera and the interior of the joint is seen on a television monitor.
3. By viewing the cartilage, ligaments and bones, the surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if necessary.
4. Following arthroscopic surgery, the small incisions are covered with a dressing. This can usually be removed the next morning and replaced with bandages to protect incisions as they heal.
5. It is not unusual for patients to go back to work or school or resume daily activities within a few days following arthroscopy.
The physicians of Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are experts in the latest arthroscopic techniques. These include arthroscopy of the shoulder for rotator cuff problems, shoulder bursitis or instability and dislocations and arthroscopy of the knee for meniscus, ligament and cartilage tears. We also perform arthroscopy of the hip, elbow and ankle for a variety of problems. If you suffer from joint pain or injury, our expertise in arthroscopy could be the answer you need. Feel free to contact us at (954) 400-5544 to schedule a consultation with one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in Florida.