The Technology that is Knee Arthroscopy
When thinking of technology, many times people forget how many different spectrums there are and how many different fields of occupations are continuously developing the next best thing. Over the years, there has been so many technology advances, but what remains astounding is the advancement in medical technology. There are devices which can save your life without someone being nearby, devices that give us a better look into someone’s body, and there are also devices that can be implemented within the human body that can to assist with injuries and health issues.
One of these technology advances over the years has been arthroscopy. What is arthroscopy you ask? Well, let’s start with the meaning and from where it descends. The word originates from the Greek language and comes from two words “anthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look) meaning “to look within the joint.” When x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans do not provide a diagnosis, arthroscopy is the next step. Arthroscopy is a popular form of surgery used by orthopaedics to visualize what is happening within your joints, diagnose and treat the problem. The surgeons are able to see what’s happening within the knee with a tiny camera. From there, they are able to conduct a proper treatment to help resolve the underlying issue. There are different areas of the body where you can perform arthroscopic surgery such as shoulder, ankle and knee.
Let’s talk about Knee Arthroscopy and why one would need this surgery. If someone is having knee problems in their joints, orthopaedic surgeons are able to perform an arthroscopy within your knee to see what’s going on. The surgeon will make a small incision and insert a tiny camera into your knee. This gives the surgeon ability to see what’s happening and what can be done to fix the underlying problem. The small incision is not only less painful for the patient, but it is much less invasive than traditional surgery. Arthroscopy also prevents major scarring on the knee, less joint stiffness and it takes less time to recover. The best part is, while undergoing an arthroscopy, the orthopaedic surgeon is able to see what the problem is on the screen and able to use small instruments within the arthroscope to fix the problem. Someone who has a torn meniscus, a misaligned knee, or ligament damage would be the likely patient type to undergo this procedure.
To anyone wondering if this procedure is high risk or dangerous, it is not. The surgery is low-risk and has good outcomes for most patients. Recovery time for everyone is different, depending on the severity of the problem or injury and the complexity of the surgery. As with every surgical procedure, be sure to get in touch with your doctor before scheduling any procedures.
At Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas, we ensure the safest patient care and take pride in our line of work. Before any procedure, we promise to thoroughly educate you on the before, during and after of any recommended procedure or appointment. If you or someone you know has questions or concerns, please call us at (972) 771–8111 to speak with one of our qualified staff.