Minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopy offer considerable advantages over open surgery if you’re a suitable candidate. The board-certified team at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in New Braunfels, Texas, is highly experienced in carrying out arthroscopy to both diagnose and treat joint problems. If you have chronic joint pain, schedule a consultation by calling their office today or book an appointment using the online form.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that uses minimally invasive techniques to look inside your joints. The team at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine uses arthroscopy to diagnose and, in many cases, treat problems with your joints.
To carry out your arthroscopy, your surgeon makes an incision in the target joint through which they can pass the arthroscope. An arthroscope is a technologically advanced surgical instrument fitted with a small camera. There’s also a light and a magnifying lens on the arthroscope to ensure a clear view of the joint.
The camera records and plays back the view for your surgeon to see on a monitor. Being able to see clear pictures of the inner parts of your joint helps them to locate the source of any symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Depending on what the cause is, they can often treat your joint condition at the same time.
You might need to undergo arthroscopy if other methods of diagnosis are not providing enough information.
If you have a joint problem, in most cases, your doctor at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine diagnoses the cause after carrying out a consultation and physical exam. They can confirm the diagnosis, rule out other possible causes, and assess the severity of your joint condition using diagnostic techniques like X-ray, CT scans, or MRI scans.
If after going through these scans, it’s not clear what’s causing your symptoms or your doctor can not see how much damage there is, an arthroscopy can provide the information they need. During the arthroscopy, they can also carry out certain types of repairs using arthroscopic surgical instruments.
The kinds of procedures the New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine team can carry out during arthroscopy include:
Arthroscopic techniques can also be useful as part of standard surgeries to make complex repairs or reconstructions of tendons and ligaments.
Arthroscopy has significant advantages over open surgery. These include:
The experienced surgical team at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine can perform most arthroscopies on an outpatient basis. That means you can go home on the day of your operation.
If you’d like to benefit from the advanced arthroscopy skills of the New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine team, call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.