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Do I Need Arthroscopic Surgery?

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Do I Need Arthroscopic Surgery?

Understanding Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a type of surgery that is used to treat problems with the joints. The word "arthroscopy" comes from two Greek words: "arthro" meaning joint, and "skopein" meaning to look. Arthroscopic surgery involves making small incisions in the skin and inserting thin instruments into the joints. This type of surgery allows the doctor to see inside the joint without having to make a large incision.

Keep reading to learn if this type of surgery is right for you:

Why is Arthroscopic Surgery Done?

Your doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery to treat a wide range of joint issues without the need for traditional surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is completed on any major joint area including the knees, shoulders, and hips, and can help your orthopedist with the following:

  • To repair torn ligaments or tendons
  • To remove loose pieces of cartilage
  • To trim away damaged tissue
  • To realign bones

Additionally, the procedure has the following benefits:

  • Less invasive
  • Minimal healing time
  • Less trauma to the joint
  • Lower risk of infections

An ideal candidate for arthroscopic surgery is someone who is experiencing pain or stiffness in their joints, has a limited range of motion, or has been diagnosed with a tear in their ligament or cartilage.

How is Arthroscopic Surgery Completed?

Arthroscopic surgery can be done on an outpatient basis at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, which means that the patient does not have to stay in the hospital overnight. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will be asleep during the surgery. The surgery is performed using an arthroscope, a small camera that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. This allows the surgeon to see the inside of the joint and make any necessary repairs.

Arthroscopic surgery is generally safe and has a low risk of complications. The most common complication is an infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics. In rare cases, more serious complications such as nerve damage or blood clots can occur.

Ambulatory Surgery Center in Elgin, Geneva & Surrounding Areas

If you are considering arthroscopic surgery, be sure to discuss all of the risks and benefits with your doctor. Fox Valley Orthopedics Ambulatory Surgery Center is a state-licensed and accredited facility. Our accreditation organization is AAAHC which is the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. For more information, contact our team today.