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What Is Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure where the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and/or treatment of a joint injury.

Arthroscopy is performed with an anesthetic. (general, spinal, regional, or local anesthetic.) The incisions made during arthroscopy are only approximately 1/4 inch on either side of the injured joint. Through these small incisions, a pencil-sized instrument that contains a camera and a lighting system (the arthroscope) is inserted for the procedure. The camera in the arthroscope then displays the joint onto a television monitor for Dr. Madsen to examine.

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When Is an Arthroscopic Surgery?

Dr. Madsen will perform a minimally invasive arthroscopy surgery to diagnose and/or treat joint conditions such as:

  • Sports Injuries: Athletes are at a higher risk of cartilage tears, tendon tears, and ligament tears.
  • Other Acute/Chronic Injuries: Such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Osteoarthritis: The loss of cartilage in a joint.
  • Inflammation: Painful inflammation can occur in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and even hip joint.

There are other instances where an arthroscope may be used as well. These include things like removing calcium deposits or bone spurs, cutting ligaments to relieve tightness or stiffness in a joint, or even for a biopsy to sample for further examination and diagnosis.

What Are the Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery?

As technology advances, surgery isn’t as invasive as it once was. Patients prefer minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery over open surgery for reasons like:

  • Less Pain
  • Costs Less
  • Quicker Recovery Time
  • Can be Done on an Outpatient Basis

What Happens After Arthroscopic Surgery?

After the procedure, the instruments are removed and the tiny incisions are closed. Because it is an outpatient procedure, patients are usually able to go home the same day.

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