In orthopedics, arthroscopy is the most prevalent minimally invasive surgery technique. At NASA Bone & Joint Specialists in Houston, Texas, Daniel O’Neill, MD, and Cristin Mathew, DO, use minimally invasive surgery whenever possible to reduce your risks while also delivering the state-of-the-art operations you need to repair your body. Call NASA Bone & Joint Specialists today or make an appointment online to learn more about minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive surgeries include surgical techniques that allow your surgeon to see inside your body to diagnose problems and remove or repair diseased or damaged tissue without having to make a large incision in your body. Advances in medical technology have introduced devices and surgical instruments that allow surgeons to perform precise operations while minimizing the risks associated with surgery.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used by orthopedic surgeons to assess and repair joint problems. The technique relies on an arthroscope — a thin surgical tube that’s about the size of a pencil.
Arthroscopes have cameras and lights on their tips that transmit a video feed to a monitor in the treatment room, which allows your surgeon to see inside your joint without having to make a large incision in your body. They can repair almost any joint in your body with arthroscopy from your ankles to your shoulders, removing debris, repairing connective tissue, and restoring stability.
Your surgeon provides general anesthesia during minimally invasive surgeries to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, they make a couple of small incisions around your injured joint and insert the arthroscope. They examine your joint via the video feed and identify the best course of action for repair.
Then, using special surgical instruments, your surgeon removes debris, repairs torn tendons and ligaments, and addresses other issues that cause pain and mobility problems. When your operation is complete, your surgeon removes the tools and closes the small incisions.
Minimally invasive surgery provides a wide range of benefits. For example, the operation causes less trauma to the surrounding tissue and usually causes less postsurgical pain. Additionally, since your surgeon only needs to make small incisions, you have a reduced risk of scarring and infection. Recovery from a minimally invasive surgery is often quicker and less painful than from traditional open surgery, although you will still need physical therapy.
If you’re looking for experienced orthopedic surgeons who offer minimally invasive surgeries, call NASA Bone & Joint Specialists or make an appointment online today.