Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that is used to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. While the inside of nearly all joints can be explored with an arthroscope, those most frequently viewed are the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist. During an arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision for the purpose of inserting small instruments into the joint. These instruments feature a small lens and fiber optic lighting system that allow the surgeon to magnify and illuminate structures inside the joint. A television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a screen, allowing the surgeon to determine the amount or type of injury, and then repair or correct problems if necessary.
Among the advantages of arthroscopy compared to standard "open" surgery are the ease of the procedure on the patient and the general recovery time. Arthroscopic surgery still requires the use of anesthetics and must be performed in a hospital operating room or outpatient surgical center. The small puncture wounds and incisions that result from arthroscopy make take several days to heal in contrast to the larger, slower healing incisions associated with open surgery. Most patients undergo arthroscopic surgery as outpatients and are allowed to return home several hours after the procedure.
Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin (OAW) is proud to offer a vast array of arthroscopic procedures that can be performed at our new outpatient facility, The Orthopaedic Surgery Center, in Waukesha. OAW is dedicated to providing quality surgical care with the utmost concern for patient comfort and convenience.
Please consult your surgeon to see if arthroscopy is appropriate for your condition or call us at 262-303-5055 for more information.