If you live in or around Silver Spring, Maryland and need joint surgery, you can count on the highly-trained orthopedic physicians at Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy to provide expert surgical procedures, including arthroscopy. This minimally-invasive procedure helps your doctor see inside your joint without the need for a large incision. If you're ready to learn more about this minimally invasive procedure, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows your orthopedic surgeon to view the inside of your joint with only a small incision.
The procedure features specially-designed surgical tools that are about the size of a pencil. These tools include a light and a camera -- called the arthroscope -- that sends images back to a monitor in the treatment room to provide a visual of the inside of your joint.
When you have an arthroscopic procedure, you’re under anesthesia throughout the procedure, and your surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. They also make a few small incisions to insert the arthroscope and other tools into your joint. The joint is filled with saline to create space and allow clear images.
Your surgeon examines the inside of your joint in order to fully diagnose the condition. If possible, small tools are used to repair your joint or otherwise correct your issue.
When the procedure is complete, your surgeon drains the saline from your joint and closes the small incisions with stitches.
Arthroscopy is commonly used on shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles, hips, and wrists. For example, your physician uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat:
As a minimally-invasive surgery, arthroscopy offers a variety of patient benefits.
Call or make an appointment online to learn more about arthroscopy.