Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive form of joint replacement surgery that permits orthopedic surgeons to get an intimate view of the damaged area, thereby allowing them to more easily diagnose and treat problems inside the joint. Before the advent of arthroscopic technology, surgeons were forced to make large incisions to get a full view of the joint and surrounding areas. Arthroscopy changed all by employing small incisions and then inserting a small scope to assess the damage. Thanks to these new techniques and technologies, the benefits of arthroscopic surgery commonly outweigh other more invasive surgical techniques. If your doctor is recommending arthroscopic surgery, here is what you can expect, and why you probably will be glad she did.
Less Scarring and Blood Loss
Because arthroscopic surgery is less invasive than traditional surgical methods, most incisions during arthroscopic surgery are less than one inch long. This means less scarring and blood loss. Plus there is less risk of scar tissue developing below the surface.
Lower Risks of Infection and Complications
More invasive surgical techniques are known to increase the risk of infection and complications. Because arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, there is a decreased risk of infection, while complications such as implant dislocation are less likely to occur. Arthroscopic surgery causes minimal tissue trauma; that means pain and swelling are minimized as well, reducing and sometimes eliminating the need for strong prescription pain medications.
Faster Recovery Times
Traditional joint replacement procedures often compromise or put at risk the tendons, tissue and muscles that surround that joint. With minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, your results are optimized, meaning you can expect accelerated recovery times. In fact, most patients who undergo arthroscopic surgery are encouraged to be mobile the day of the procedure. And even though it likely will take weeks or even months to achieve full recovery, you will be back on your feet much faster than with more traditional or invasive procedures.
Minimal Hospital Stays
Nearly all arthroscopic surgical procedures are conducted at a surgical outpatient facility rather than a hospital. This not only merits well for your recovery period (which likely will occur in the comfort of your own home), but also your pocketbook. Of course, depending on your health, the recommendation of your orthopedist, and the outcome of your procedure, you may be required to stay a few days for observation; however it’s more likely you will spend your recovery time at home rather than at an in-patient facility.
Your Arthroscopic Experts in Austin
If you have exhausted more conservative treatments such as physical therapy and pain management injections to treat a painful joint, then it may be time to talk to a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. For more than two decades Austin residents have relied on and trust Dr. Carolyn Hyde and her expert team at All Star Orthopedics to care for their orthopedic needs. If you are tired of hurting and are seeking relief for your orthopedic or sports injury, call Dr. Hyde today at (512) 346-4933 or request an appointment online and take the first step toward pain-free movement.