Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that’s used to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems. Arthroscopic surgery allows the surgeon to examine the affected joint and then treat any damage with instruments that are inserted through small incisions.
If you’re interested in learning if you’re an ideal candidate for arthroscopy instead of traditional open joint surgery, trust your care to the orthopedic specialists at Riverview Health.
Orthopedic surgeons at Riverview Health can perform arthroscopic surgery on several different joints, including the knees, shoulders, wrists, hips and elbows. Arthroscopic surgery is generally recommended when less-invasive options, such as medication and physical therapy, haven’t been effective in reducing pain, swelling and improving flexibility.
Arthroscopic surgery may be used to treat the following health conditions:
Your arthroscopy will be performed by an orthopedic surgeon at Riverview Health. Your orthopedic surgeon will start the surgery with a small incision before inserting an arthroscope—a tube-shaped instrument that contains a small camera—directly into the joint.
That arthroscope is then able to send video footage back to a screen that guides the surgeon through making additional incisions for a biopsy or performing a surgery. The entire procedure can take 30 minutes to two hours, although you’ll likely need to stay at Riverview Health for a few hours afterward, going home later that day.
Recovering from an arthroscopy at Riverview Health will be dependent on the extent of the joint damage and treatment. While you may recover in a week or so, in some cases, it may take several months. Our orthopedic experts will likely recommend rest, crutches, slings and physical therapy to keep you in good health.
Discover if you’re a good candidate for arthroscopic surgery by trusting your care to Riverview Health. Request an appointment with our orthopedic team today by calling 317.565.0505 or by completing an appointment request form.