No one wants to have a surgical procedure. But, arthroscopic techniques can offer an easier recovery with less pain and risk of infection.
Unlike traditional surgeries performed with one large incision, arthroscopic techniques use small cuts the size of a buttonhole to achieve the same results. This approach can offer numerous advantages, but it’s not right for everyone.
At Tadje Orthopaedics in Meridian, Idaho, Dr. Jared Tadje specializes in orthopedic treatments, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques. Here’s what you should know about this minimally invasive procedure and whether it’s right for you.
How arthroscopic surgery works
The word arthroscopy literally translates to “look inside a joint.” Orthopedic surgeons use this surgical approach to diagnose and treat problems impacting the structures within a joint.
During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Tadje makes a small incision near your impacted joint. Then, he inserts specialized instruments containing a camera and lighting system so he can see the structures of your joint enlarged on a video screen.
This minimally invasive approach allows Dr. Tadje to see the ligaments, cartilage, and bones coming together to form your joint. He can also repair or correct any issues he sees at the same time.
What sets arthroscopic surgery apart
In the past, joint surgery required large, open incision procedures so your surgeon could expose the entire joint. Because arthroscopic techniques use small incisions, they offer several advantages, including:
- Less tissue damage and bleeding
- Lower risk of infection
- Fewer stitches
- Faster recovery times with less pain
You still need anesthetic during arthroscopic surgery. However, you can typically go home a few hours after your procedure when it wears off. It only takes a few days for your incisions to heal and several weeks for your joint to fully recover.
Despite these benefits, not everyone is a perfect candidate for arthroscopic surgery.
When to consider arthroscopic surgery
Dr. Tadje routinely performs arthroscopic surgery of the shoulders and knees. Many conditions in these joints can be effectively fixed using an arthroscopic technique.
Common problems that respond well to arthroscopic treatments include:
In many cases, Dr. Tadje also provides a series of at-home exercises to help support your joint treatment.
Who isn’t a good candidate for arthroscopy
Dr. Tadje performs a comprehensive exam that typically includes imaging studies to determine the best treatment options based on your condition. Some conditions respond better to non-surgical treatment. Other conditions may require open surgery. Dr. Tadje will discuss all the options with you at your visit.
For more information on joint treatments like arthroscopy, contact Tadje Orthopaedics by calling 208-231-7851 or by messaging us through our website.