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Arthroscopy is an advanced surgical procedure used to treat orthopedic conditions which offers less risk and remarkable results for patients. Arthroscopy is common in the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow, knee and shoulder.

This procedure is also known as arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Pruitt performs this minimally-invasive surgical procedure to correct orthopedic joint trauma/conditions by inserting an arthroscope into a small incision in the compromised area.

The arthroscope allows surgeons to see and treat patients through the incisions, providing a quick recovery and less post-operative pain than with an open surgery approach. In almost all cases, patients are able to return home the same day their procedure is performed.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

There are potential benefits of arthroscopic surgery when compared with traditional “open” surgery. With arthroscopic surgery, it’s more likely that patients will have less pain following the procedure, experience a lower risk of complications, stay in the hospital for a shorter period of time or have the procedure performed as an outpatient surgery. Patients may also have a quicker recovery and experience less scarring.

What are the risks of arthroscopic surgery?

All surgeries have risks. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specific risks associated with his or her procedure and recovery. The risks of orthopedic surgery depend on your health before surgery and the type of surgery performed. In addition, your anesthesiologist will discuss the risk associated with the use of anesthesia during your procedure.

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat knee injuries. This minimally-invasive approach to surgery can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, when compared to traditional open surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons can use arthroscopic surgery to perform a variety of procedures, including:
– Removal of small bits of bone or cartilage
– Repair or removal of torn tendons or ligaments
– Removal of inflamed synovium (the membrane that lines the cavity of a synovial joint and produces synovial fluid) and the removal of inflamed bursae.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

The diagnosis and treatment of shoulder joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally-invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed. Arthroscopy allows a surgeon to see inside the shoulder and to carry out procedures through tiny incisions.

What happens during arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Arthroscopy uses a device called an arthroscope. This tiny, pen-shaped instrument has a micro video camera attached to the end and is inserted through a tiny incision in the shoulder. The camera relays images to a computer screen which the surgeon uses to diagnose the problem and to carry out appropriate surgery. During this procedure, you will probably be given an IV so you can get the right fluids and medications. Shoulder arthroscopy may be performed under general or regional anesthesia.

During the surgery, several tiny incisions are made to insert the arthroscope and surgical instruments. First, the surgeon uses the arthroscope to view the shoulder and evaluate the bones, tendons and ligaments. Then the surgeon uses small instruments to make necessary repairs.

Conditions treated with Arthroscopy by Dr. Pruitt include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Damaged/torn cartilage
  • Inflamed/infected joints
  • Loose bone fragments
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Scarring or tissue overgrowth within joints

Whether you need cartilage cleaned out of a joint or you tore a ligament, Dr. Pruitt can help you get your mobility and motion back.

Dr. Pruitt specializes in arthroscopy, sports medicine and joint replacement.

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