Arthroscopic Surgery in Minnesota
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the orthopedic surgeon examines, visualizes, diagnoses, and treats a damaged or diseased joint.
During this surgical procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and inserts a pencil-sized camera that contains a small lens and lighting system. The camera magnifies and illuminates the structures inside the joint, and sends an image to a television camera. Using this image display of the joint, the orthopedic surgeon can examine the joint without making a large incision.
The orthopedic surgeon will begin the diagnosis of joint injuries utilizing medical history, physical examination, X-rays, MRI scans, and any other laboratory tests needed. However, arthroscopy is sometimes necessary for the orthopedic surgeon to make an accurate diagnose of the joint injury.
The most common problems found with arthroscopic surgery are: synovitis, rotator cuff tear, meniscal tears, ACL tears, and loose bodies of bone and cartilage.
Common problems treated with Arthroscopic Surgery
This procedure, which usually takes at least half an hour, is most commonly used in the knee for the removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage, reconstruction of ligaments, shaving of torn pieces or removal of loose fragments of synovial tissue. Additionally, knee arthroscopy is a surgery that can be performed on an outpatient basis.
The orthopedic surgeon can perform a range of procedures in the hip, including repairing of torn cartilage, trimming of bone spurs, and removal of inflamed synovial tissue. The length of the procedure will depend on what your surgeon finds and the amount of work to be done.
Shoulder arthroscopy is not as common as knee or hip arthroscopy; however, it is a very successful surgery that treats several shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, bursitis, instability, fractures, and arthritis problems. This procedure can also be done on an outpatient basis.
Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery
There are many different benefits of arthroscopic surgery, as compared to traditional open surgery. However, the orthopedic surgeon will discuss and decide the best option for each patient. The most common advantages or benefits of arthroscopic surgery include:
- Less scarring
- Quicker healing
- Faster return to daily activities
- No hospital stay
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less swelling
- Less damage to surrounding tissues
- Faster surgery
Potential Risks & Complications
Complications are very uncommon in this type of procedure; however, they can occur during or following the procedure. Infection, blood clots, excessive swelling, damage to blood vessels or nerves, and instrumental breakage are some of the most common complications. Nevertheless, these complications occur in less than 1% of all the arthroscopic procedures.
Even though the incisions are small and painless, they take several days to heal. The surgical dressing can be removed the morning after the procedure, and adhesive strips can be applied to cover the small healing incisions. Additionally, the orthopedic surgeon will provide a well-planned rehabilitation program for the recovery and protection of future joint functions.
While every patient is unique and every surgery should be treated differently, many patients go back to work or school after a few days. Athletes that are in very good physical condition may return to athletic activities within a few weeks.
Arthroscopic Surgery in Minnesota with Dr. Hartman
Dr. Hartman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive shoulder,hip, and knee surgery. Additionally, Dr. Hartman is an innovative and progressive orthopedic surgeon that strives to incorporate the latest technology into his practice. To make an appointment with Dr. Hartman, please call our Minnesota office at (952) 808-3000.