The practice of medicine saw amazing developments in the 20th century, and orthopedic surgery was no different. Arguably, joint replacement surgery and arthroscopic surgery were the two most important innovations in orthopedic surgery in the last 100 years.
Arthroscopy, a minimally invasive alternative to standard open surgical techniques and now the most commonly performed orthopedic surgical procedure, was once used as a diagnostic tool. It has evolved into a therapeutic tool capable of treating a wide range of injuries and disorders. The benefits of orthopedic arthroscopic surgery make it the best option in most cases.
- Less postoperative swelling than open techniques
- Reduced pain
- Reduced risk of complications
- Quicker recovery times
- Less scarring
- Little to no time spent in a hospital
Many injuries, particularly those that at one time would have been career ending for athletes, can now be addressed with arthroscopy allowing a quicker return to full function. In addition, almost all arthroscopic procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to recover comfortably at home. It is not unusual for patients to go back to work or school or resume daily activities within a few days.
Athletes and others who are in good physical condition may in some cases return to athletic activities within a few weeks. However, keep in mind that people who have arthroscopy can have many different diagnoses and preexisting conditions, so each patient’s arthroscopic surgery is unique to that person. Recovery time will reflect that individuality.
At Beverly Hills Orthopedic Institute, minimally invasive procedures are used whenever possible. While arthroscopy is generally less risky than open surgical procedures, the procedure is still invasive and requires some type of anesthesia. Some procedures and surgeries may not be suitable for every patient. Dr. Raj will discuss your personal options before any surgery.
Read more about this online at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3117522/