Arthroscopic surgery is commonly used by orthopedic doctors to perform a number of surgeries. Rather than using large incisions to access key parts of the body, arthroscopic surgery is performed through small incisions located in the target-injury area. Then, a combination of robotic tools and cameras are used to skillfully address the impacted area without excess cuts or sutures.
The procedure is commonly used on joints.
Advancements in the field of arthroscopic surgery have allowed for more complex procedures to be done in a less invasive manner.
There are several benefits of arthroscopic surgery.
- Some of the pain associated with traditional surgery methods is a result to damage to healthy tissue.
- First, there is an incision to allow the physician to access and see the injured area.
- Then, the area around where the surgery is performed is disturbed by instruments, movements, and other aspects of surgery.
Finally, the areas are sewn back together and require time to heal.
One of the largest benefits of arthroscopic surgery is that the injured area can be directly assessed. Small incisions are made to provide direct visual access to the injured area. Small instruments are passed through those incisions to address the area of concern. Because the injured area is directly accessed, there is less pain associated with the procedure. Healing time is shortnened.
Some areas of the body are difficult to reach through traditional surgical methods. Once such area is the back of the knee. A large incision made at the front of the knee often does not provide the visibility necessary to make the repair. An incision in the back of the knee can limit mobility and cause unnecessary scarring which can cause other health issues. By using an arthroscopic approach, physicians are able to directly access the back of the knee without disruption to the surrounding areas or sacrificing visibility.
One of the largest factors in a person’s recovery time after surgery is the amount of time it takes the body to heal. Because arthroscopic surgery disturbs less tissue, the overall recovery time is often shorter than traditional surgery.
Pain and inflammation are common after complex surgical procedures. The amount of pain a person experiences can vary by individual based upon a number of factors. The amount of disruption the body undergoes is one of the main contributors to the pain experienced. Arthroscopic surgery limits disruption which, in turn, decreases the amount of pain experienced.
Working with a highly qualified orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Howard Marans is the best way to ensure you receive the optimal arthroscopic care while minimizing the impact to your life.
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