Everything you need to know about Arthroscopy

Surgeries have become a very common term in today’s world. There’s a surgical solution for many health problems that did not stand a possible chance of complete recovery in older times.

Now, when surgery is the main subject, a very common picture is a group of doctors surrounding a patient as they continue performing an invasive process. This kind of surgery, in medical terms, is referred to as open surgery that was a thing in the mid-20th century. But, with the advancement of technology, a new kind of surgery has taken place called Arthroscopy.

This new type of surgery is a boon in the orthopedic industry as the recovery time is lesser, and patients can go back to normal life resuming activities sooner. 

Arthroscopy in precise

Two greek words, “arthro” and “skopien”, combine to form the work arthroscopy, whose literal meaning is “to look within the joint.” This is all Arthroscopy is about. A small camera is inserted in the incision in an arthroscope. Through the camera, the structure of the entire joint can be viewed, paving the way for reparation and correction through other small tools. 

Scope of Arthroscopy

The process of Arthroscopy can assess and treat injuries for the knee, Elbow, Shoulder, Ankle, Hip, and wrist.

Conditions that can be treated through Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy causes minimum invasion but still lets the doctor see through the body. Sometimes, even an X-ray fails to give a clear idea of the problem. In that case, Arthroscopy comes as a solution. 

Treatment plants through Arthroscopy include:

  • Loose bone fragmentation
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments
  • Rotator cuff tendon tears
  • Recurrent dislocation in the shoulder
  • Scarred joints
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • ACL tears
  • Injury and reparation of damaged tissues

Advantages of Arthroscopy

Here are some listed benefits of Arthroscopy that makes it a viable treatment option:

Minimum invasion

Unlike traditional surgery, Arthroscopy causes minimum invasion that is resultant of minimal pain, reduced postoperative swelling, fewer chances of complication and easy recovery. 

It has been a real blessing for athletes and sportsmen who can get back to their routine in less time when once injuries would lead to the end of careers.

Outpatient based 

This means that going for Arthroscopy doesn’t require you to spend more than one or more nights in the hospital or the surgical centre.

Zero to minimal scarring

The incision in Arthroscopy is 1/4th of an inch, just the size of a buttonhole. There might be a need to process multiple incisions, but it still stands negligible when compared to normal surgery. 

Arthroscopy could be the best answer to your pain and injuries. The method is more effective, convenient and comes with an easy-to-follow post-care regime.  

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