in Vail, CO
Arthroscopy is a truly minimally invasive surgical method that has been used to explore and treat problems in many different joints.
A small camera with an attached light source is introduced through a small puncture (usually ¼ inch). The surgeon then can visualize the joint on a large monitor positioned above the patient out of the sterile field.
Through additional portals, instruments or implants can be introduced to render a repair or reconstruction of a given tissue. Furthermore, the surgeon can see all the pathology or problems that are present much better than with the naked eye as every structure is greatly magnified by the camera.
This leads to improved ability to accurately diagnose the patient's condition. Moreover, the surgeon can be much more precise in repairing the problem.
Because the repair is effected through small incisions, there is less postoperative pain, swelling, and scarring. This leads to better range of motion, fewer complications and overall a better outcome.