Arthroscopy: Orthopaedic Surgery Made Simple
Benefits of Arthroscopy
- Procedures are normally done on an out-patient basis.
- Minimally invasive, meaning less post-op pain
- Small incisions reduce scarring
- Low risk
- Little, if any, blood loss
- Reduced trauma to neighbouring connective tissue
- Faster healing time
How Does It Work?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive, keyhole surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat joint problems. Most commonly used for ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and wrists, the operation is performed under local, general or spinal anaesthetic, and involves inserting a thin metal tube into tiny incisions in the skin above the joint to be examined.
This tube, called an arthroscope, is connected to a light source and video camera, which relays images to a monitor so that the orthopaedic surgeon can see what’s going on. The size of the arthroscope varies depending on which joint is being examined. The knee, for example, requires an arthroscope of about five millimetres in diameter. But for small joints, such as wrists, the scope could be as small as two millimetres!
Surgical instruments that will be used to repair the injury are inserted through another small hole close to the one used for the arthroscope.
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What Conditions Can Be Treated Using Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is effective in diagnosing and/or treating many problems, the most common of which are:
Removing loose fragments of bone or cartilage.
Treating carpel tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder and arthritis.
Repairing damaged cartilage.
The procedure can also be used to aspirate the joint (withdraw fluid), it’s analysed to help provide additional information in situations where a simple visual diagnosis wasn’t possible.
At Health in Motion, our specialist orthopaedic surgeon is highly skilled in using arthroscopy to successfully diagnose and treat a variety of injuries and other conditions. To learn more about this procedure and how it could help you, please call us today. We’re conveniently located in Mount Edgecome, Umhlanga and Ballito, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you.
Netcare Alberlito Hospital, Ballito.
Phone: 032 586 0020
Gateway Private Hospital, Umhlanga.
Phone: 031 492 1244
Umhlanga Medical Centre, Umhlanga Hospital.
Phone: 031 584 6185
Life Entabeni Hospital, Durban
Phone: 031 261 1215