Sports Medicine & OrthoBiologics located in Meridian, ID
If you’ve been told that you need orthopedic surgery, you probably envisioned a lengthy hospital stay and a challenging recovery process. However, thanks to minimally invasive techniques, it’s possible to heal more quickly and lower your risk of complications. At Tadje Orthopaedics in Meridian, Idaho, orthopaedic surgeon Jared Tadje, MD, regularly performs arthroscopic surgery on-site in his state-of-the-art facilities. To request your consultation, call the office today or use the online booking tool.
Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A
What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopy is a cutting-edge surgical technique that uses specialized tools to diagnose, visualize, and treat problems affecting the inside of one or more of your joints. During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Tadje makes a small incision near the affected joint and pushes a thin, pencil-like tool, called an arthroscope, into the incision. The tool features a small attached camera and lighting apparatus that Dr. Tadje uses to pinpoint the source of your discomfort.
The camera sends images to a video feed in the operating room, and Dr. Tadje uses this feed to perform your operation, carefully repairing and correcting the problem without the need for larger incisions or more invasive techniques.
What types of issues can arthroscopic surgery treat?
At Tadje Orthopaedics, Dr. Tadje uses arthroscopic surgery to relieve a variety of common orthopedic problems, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Recurrent dislocations
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Meniscal tears
You might also benefit from arthroscopic surgery if you have bone or cartilage damage as a result of arthritis. Dr. Tadje regularly performs arthroscopic surgery to remove pieces of bone and cartilage from arthritic knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
What happens during arthroscopic surgery?
Compared to traditional open surgery, arthroscopic surgery has an easier recovery. However, on the day of your operation, you’ll still require anesthesia. Depending on the part of your body being treated, Dr. Tadje might recommend a general, local, or spinal anesthetic.
After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Tadje makes a small incision near your joint — about the size of a buttonhole — and inserts the arthroscope. Dr. Tadje makes a few additional incisions for his other surgical instruments and performs your operation. Following surgery, Dr. Tadje covers your wounds with a special dressing and moves you from the operating room to a recovery room. Because the anesthesia takes a few hours to wear off, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home.
What is recovery like following arthroscopic surgery?
Following your operation, Dr. Tadje writes prescriptions for painkillers and antibiotics and provides you with a list of recovery instructions. He also tells you how to care for your incisions and reminds you to avoid certain activities. Depending on the type of surgery you had, he might also provide you with a series of at-home exercises. Follow Dr. Tadje’s instructions accordingly and make sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments. Both of these factors play an important role in your recovery process.
If you’re interested in learning more about arthroscopic surgery, request a consultation at Tadje Orthopaedics by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.