What Is Arthroscopy?

Orthopedic injuries are common, and they can leave you sidelined for longer than you'd like. Conservative treatment and rest work sometimes, but what happens when your pain persists even with treatment? There could be something else causing the issue.

At Mehling Orthopedics, our surgeons use arthroscopic surgery to find the problem in your joint. Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit are trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in arthroscopic surgery of your knees and shoulders. 

If you’re like many people, you’ve dealt with some kind of orthopedic injury at some point in your life. If your problem hasn’t gotten better with conservative treatments like rest and physical therapy, our surgeons may recommend arthroscopy

This minimally invasive surgical procedure allows our surgeons to confirm a diagnosis and possibly treat a problem inside your joint. Arthroscopy of your joint saves you from large, unsightly incisions, and usually has a quicker recovery time than traditional open surgery. 

How do you know if you’re a candidate for arthroscopy? 

At our facility, Dr. Mehling and Dr.Yufit do a detailed physical exam and may also recommend imaging of your joint to confirm a problem. If conservative treatments failed you, they then may recommend surgical intervention with arthroscopy.

There are a lot of orthopedic conditions that can be treated through arthroscopic surgery, and it can be performed on the:

At Mehling Orthopedics, our surgeons specialize in knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery. Injuries that may be treated in these joints with an arthroscopy include:

Arthroscopy can also be used to diagnose problems, such as arthritic changes or joint degeneration. Sometimes our surgeons are able to fix issues within your joint during surgery, but sometimes a more invasive surgical procedure may be needed if the problem is too advanced.

The benefits of arthroscopic surgery include quicker healing times, decreased postsurgical pain, and less trauma to your tissues. You’ll also need fewer stitches than with an open procedure.

What to expect from arthroscopic surgery

You’ll be under anesthesia for the surgery, so you won’t feel anything while you’re asleep. 

During the procedure, Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit makes a few very small incisions in your joint space. They then insert a small instrument that’s called an arthroscope into your joint. The arthroscope has a tiny camera and a light attached to it, allowing your surgeon to see a magnified image of the inside of your joint. They view the image on a screen in the operating room. 

If your surgeon sees an issue within the joint that they’re able to fix during the procedure, they make another small incision and insert tiny instruments to fix the problem. After the procedure, you’re taken to the post anesthesia care unit, where you stay until you wake up.

With arthroscopic surgery, you’re usually able to go home the same day as your procedure. For larger or longer procedures, our surgeons may want you to spend a night in the hospital for observation. You typically start physical therapy soon after surgery to begin the healing process. Most people are able to return to their daily activities within a few weeks.

When you’ve had enough of joint pain and discomfort and are ready to consider arthroscopic surgery, call one of our two offices in West Islip, New York, or Hackensack, New Jersey, to schedule an appointment.

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