Knee, Shoulder and Hip Arthroscopy Overview
Arthroscopic Surgery is commonly used to repair ligaments and to remove damaged tissue or bone spurs. Arthroscopy is an endoscopic procedure and is less invasive than traditional surgical methods. It has a decreased risk of infection and a shorter recovery period. Normally the patient can return home the day of surgery.
Recovery after arthroscopic surgery often includes physical therapy. Physical therapy allow for a functional recovery and reduction of scar tissue formation that may interrupt optimal healing.
Advantages of Traditional Surgery
- Ability to perform palpation
- Greater field of view for surgeon
- Less expensive equipment required
Conditions Treated with Knee, Shoulder and Hip Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic Surgery is commonly used to repair ligaments and to remove damaged tissue or bone spurs around the knee.
- Sprains and Strains
A sprain is an injury to a ligament from over stretching or tearing. A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon.
Is a form of degenerative joint pain caused by wear and tear damage or breakdown of the soft tissue, underlying bone, ligament, tendons, or cartilage in the joints.
- ACL, PCL or MCL Tear
These are ligament tears that found in the knee and support the structure and mechanics of the knee. An ACL, PCL or MCL tear is usually from an injury that involves a sudden pull or over extension of the knee. The ACL is located in the front of the knee (anteriorly), the PCL is located on the back on the knee (posteriorly) and the MCL is on the inner middle aspect of the knee (medial).
- Rotator Cuff Injury
A torn or strained rotator cuff is a common shoulder injury. It occurs when the shoulder is overextended and the tendons that support the shoulder are injured.