What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure to view, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. This modern technique for many orthopedic injuries replaces the large incisions, hospital stays and prolonged recovery periods of the past.
Arthroscopic surgery offers you:
- A faster recovery
- Minimal discomfort
- Little scarring
- No overnight hospital stay
Why choose the Center for Orthopedics for arthroscopic surgery?
The five orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics have advanced arthroscopy training and skills for multiple joints, including:
“At the Center for Orthopedics, we’re able to use techniques that are not available in most orthopedic practices,” says Daniel Zanotti, MD. “These leading-edge techniques make your surgery less painful, less invasive and allow quicker recovery.
“Many orthopedic practices offer just shoulder and knee surgery arthroscopically,” says Dr. Zanotti, who also serves as an instructor at a surgical laboratory in Florida.
“I’m always experimenting with and teaching the newest techniques to other orthopedic surgeons, trying to come up with better ways to do things,” he explains.
While many orthopedists do arthroscopy, our surgeons’ advanced training and techniques allow patients to recover quicker and have a better opportunity for success.
— Daniel Zanotti, MD
How is arthroscopic surgery performed?
The orthopedic surgeon makes a few tiny incisions in the skin and inserts pencil-sized instruments. These instruments contain a small lens and lighting system that magnify and shed light on the structures inside the joint.
The arthroscope is connected to a miniature television camera that displays the image of the joint on a TV monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other components of the joint.
If corrective surgery is needed, the surgeon can then perform it with specially designed instruments inserted into the joint through the tiny incisions.
Dr. Daniel Zanotti answers questions about arthroscopic surgery
Who is a good candidate for arthroscopic surgery?
“Patients of any age can have arthroscopic surgery. Whether arthroscopy is right for you depends on the type of injury you have and what we’re trying to accomplish by the surgery.
“Obviously, joint replacement can’t be done by arthroscopy, but certainly repairs and reconstructions in the shoulder, knee and elsewhere can be done through the camera.”
Why choose an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopy?
“It has been shown that surgeons who perform more procedures have better results. At the Center for Orthopedics, our five expert, board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform a total of nearly 1,000 arthroscopic surgery procedures a year and are trained in the latest procedures and techniques.”
Will I have to stay in the hospital for arthroscopic surgery?
“Arthroscopic surgery is normally performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to go home on the day of your surgery.”
How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic surgery?
“Your recovery time will depend on your procedure. For example, a rotator cuff repair can take several months for rehab and recovery, whereas knee or elbow arthroscopy patients can sometimes be back to their normal activities in a week or two.”
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