When you need surgery to treat ligament tears, tendon damage or other joint injuries, your doctor at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital may recommend a minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedure.
If you’re a candidate for this common approach to surgery, you’ll enjoy a faster recovery and reduced postoperative pain—and you’ll return to the activities you love as soon as possible.
Conditions That Benefit From Arthroscopy
If appropriate for your condition, take advantage of arthroscopic surgery for your knee, hip, ankle, hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. You’ll get help finding relief from conditions such as:
- Bone spurs
- Ganglion cysts
- Hip impingement
- Joint inflammation
- Joint instability, including shoulder dislocation
- Loose cartilage, scar tissue or pieces of bone
- Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder impingement
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Torn knee ligaments, including ACL, LCL, MCL and PCL
- Torn meniscus, or knee cartilage
- Torn labrum, or cartilage in your hip or knee
Your doctor also may use arthroscopy to view detailed, close-up images of the inside of your joint to precisely diagnose your pain – and provide treatment tailored to your specific needs.
Expert Care During Arthroscopic Surgery
During your arthroscopic procedure at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, an expert surgeon makes a few tiny incisions in the skin around your joint. Your doctor then slips pencil-thin surgical instruments through the incisions to perform your operation.
A miniature video camera – called an arthroscope – transmits high-quality images of your joint to a TV screen that your surgical team monitors throughout your procedure to ensure you get timely, appropriate care.
Recover Quickly From Your Procedure
Because your surgical incisions are very small, you’ll notice less pain and scarring after arthroscopy. You’ll likely return home the day of surgery. Recovery takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on your specific procedure and overall health.
Get back to your favorite activities more quickly when you participate in rehabilitation that helps restore your functioning.