Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, are board-certified orthopedic surgeons who routinely perform arthroscopy to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Minimally invasive procedures often mean a faster, less painful recovery from orthopedic surgeries. To learn more, call to schedule a consultation or book it online.
Arthroscopy is one of the greatest advances in orthopedics in the last century, and today, it’s the most commonly performed orthopedic surgery. The word arthroscopy means “to look within the joint,” which is what the technology allows Dr. Sobiek and Dr. Huene to do during diagnostic and reparative procedures. They use small, surgical instruments to perform various types of orthopedic surgery.
With a small incision over the affected joint, such as your knee or shoulder, your orthopedic surgeon inserts a pencil-sized instrument that contains a camera and a lighting system. This arthroscope lights up the inside of your joint and projects the images onto a computer screen. Your doctor can explore the inside of your joint to see cartilage, ligaments, and bone so he can diagnose the condition or injury.
Additional surgical instruments and small incisions allow your doctor to repair the joint with minimal disruption to your skin and the surrounding tissue and muscle. Depending on your condition and the length of the procedure, your surgeon may use a local or general anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain.
Many orthopedic arthroscopies take just an hour or two, or even less. People typically go home the same day after knee or shoulder arthroscopy.
It’s normal to feel some pain after joint arthroscopy, but often your recovery period is much more comfortable than with open surgery. Many people return to a fully active lifestyle after healing from arthroscopic procedures.
It may take a few weeks before you’re up to speed, and Drs. Sobiek and Huene may recommend rehabilitative therapies and exercises to help you regain mobility and strength.
Once Dr. Sobiek or Dr. Huene diagnoses your condition, he may recommend arthroscopy to repair an acute or chronic condition. Some common orthopedic problems that can be repaired through arthroscopy include:
If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor if arthroscopy is an ideal solution. He will assess your overall health and take your lifestyle and other factors into consideration before recommending the best course of action.
For state-of-the-art joint arthroscopy, call to schedule a consultation or use the online booking tool.