What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery includes arthroscopy, which uses small incisions to insert a pencil-sized tube with a camera and light to examine a joint for diagnosis and/or treatment. Dr. Madsen uses the camera to view the joint on a monitor. A computer-assisted robotic surgery is a highly effective method of performing many types of surgeries with higher precision and control than standard surgical procedures. This method is most commonly used in minimally invasive surgery, but it can also be utilized for conventional procedures. For surgery to diagnose and treat joint ailments and injuries in the Dallas metro area, an orthopedic surgeon with outstanding skills and expertise like Dr. Madsen is necessary for the best possible outcome.
Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery
Using ¼-inch incisions, Dr. Madsen can effectively diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions. After the procedure, the incisions are closed and the patient usually gets to go home on the same day. The benefits of arthroscopic surgery include less pain, reduced costs, a quicker recovery time, and it can be performed on an outpatient basis. While many conditions can be treated with this surgery, Dr. Madsen uses arthroscopic surgery for some typical conditions, including:
- Osteoarthritis: Loss of cartilage in the joint
- Inflammation: In the knee hip, wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints
- Sports injuries: Cartilage, ligament, and tendon tears, of which athletes run a higher risk
- Other chronic or acute injuries: Example being Carpal tunnel syndrome
Computer Assisted Robotic Surgery
In this surgery method, the surgeon pre-plans and guides a robotic arm through the surgical process. The robotic system is comprised of a camera arm and multiple mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached. Using a nearby computer console, the surgeon views a high-definition, 3-D, magnified view of the surgical site and precisely controls the arms for the procedure. This method improves visibility of the surgical site and allows surgeons to perform an extremely difficult or even impossible procedure by conventional means. You can discuss with Dr. Madsen what method of surgery is right for you. Benefits of computer-assisted robotic surgery include reduced blood loss and pain, faster recovery, lowered chance of infection or complications, and less scarring with small incisions.