The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre
Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in The Woodlands, TX
Having joint surgery isn’t something anyone would relish, but using arthroscopic surgery techniques can significantly improve your experience. At The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre in The Woodlands, Texas, the expert orthopedic surgeons specialize in using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to treat many different joint problems, as well as carrying out joint replacements. Find out more by calling The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre today or book an appointment using the online form.
Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A
What is Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is an approach to orthopedic surgery that uses minimally invasive techniques.
The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre uses arthroscopic methods to get a better view inside your joint. Your surgeon can then diagnose the cause of your symptoms and assess the damage from injury or tissue deterioration. In many cases, they can also treat the cause of your condition.
The arthroscope that your surgeon uses is a special type of surgical instrument. It has a light, a miniature camera, and a magnifying lens on the end that sends back images of the joint to a monitor. The arthroscope can enter your body through a small incision, so you avoid the risks of open surgery.
What are the Advantages of Arthroscopic Surgery?
The advantages of arthroscopic surgery compared to open surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain
- Lower risk of complications
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery period
- Less risk of infection
If you undergo arthroscopic surgery at The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre, you’re likely to have your procedure on an outpatient basis and go home the same day.
Why Would I Need Arthroscopic Surgery?
If you have joint pain, your provider at The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre needs to diagnose the cause, so they can create the right treatment plan for you.
A physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms can all help with diagnosis. You might also need to undergo on-site diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan of your joints.
If these diagnostic tools don’t show a clear enough image, your provider might need to carry out arthroscopic surgery to get a better look. At the same time, they can carry out repairs to tendons and ligaments, and remove any loose fragments of bone or cartilage from your joint.
What Conditions Might Require Arthroscopic Surgery?
Many joint conditions are suitable for arthroscopic surgery procedures. Some of the conditions The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre treats include:
- Hip labral tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Recurrent dislocations
- Shoulder labral tears
- Meniscus tears in the knee
- Chondromalacia (damage to the cartilage cushion)
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Sprained ankle
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
If you have acute or chronic joint pain or you’re losing your mobility, arthroscopy could help. The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre has considerable expertise and experience in performing arthroscopic surgery, so call them today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
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