Arthroscopic Surgery | Fishersville, VA
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Arthroscopy is a highly perfected procedure for diagnosing and treating joint problems effectively. It is also known as minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and is performed with small incisions and small instruments including a fiber-optic video camera. Surgeons are able to repair and reconstruct joint damage during arthroscopy as well as debride worn or torn cartilage and remove scar tissue from previous surgeries if necessary. Arthroscopy is performed most commonly on the following joints:
Arthroscopy is usually performed under general anesthesia, but it is a day procedure so you can recover more comfortably at home. Physicians value being able to provide a surgical procedure that can offer faster recovery time and minimize pain.
Surgical Procedures Using Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is performed to help diagnose conditions that are unclear on X-ray or other diagnostic imaging. Disease and injuries can damage bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Some common conditions diagnosed and treated with arthroscopy include:
- Loose bone fragments
- Torn ligaments
- Scarring within joints
- Damaged or torn cartilage in knee or shoulder
- Joint infections
- Rotator cuff tendon tears
- ACL reconstruction
- Bursitis and/or bone spurs
- Removal of inflamed lining in shoulder, knee, wrist or ankle also known as synovitis
Patients respond well to the minimally invasive surgical procedure. Healing may take several weeks. We will monitor your progress with follow-up visits to address any concerns and gradually begin a rehabilitation plan to get you back in the game!
What to Expect with Arthroscopy
Expectations of arthroscopy may vary depending on the location of the procedure. Patients are usually placed under general anesthesia and the procedure averages between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Small incisions will be made to perform the procedure and then covered with a dressing. You will remain in recovery unit until your anesthetic medications have worn off and you are cleared to go home.
Your aftercare may include:
- Medications. Your doctor will prescribe medication to relieve pain and inflammation.
- R.I.C.E. At home, it is necessary to rest, ice, compress and elevate the joint for several days to reduce swelling and pain.
- Protection. You might need to use temporary splints, slings or crutches for comfort and protection.
- Exercises. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy and rehabilitation to help strengthen your muscles and improve the function of your joint.
Generally, patients are able to resume light activity within a week of arthroscopy. More strenuous activity will be permitted after about 4 weeks. The extent of your condition and surgical procedure may require a longer recovery and rehabilitation period.