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Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

Kristofer J. Jones, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Kristofer J. Jones, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine & Cartilage Restoration Specialist located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA & Torrance, CA

If you need orthopedic surgery, it’s important that you choose a surgeon who’s qualified to evaluate your eligibility for arthroscopic surgery and perform the procedure if it’s a good fit for you. Because it’s less invasive, arthroscopic surgery is accompanied by fewer risks, less pain during recovery, and shorter recovery times than traditional surgery. Dr. Kristofer J. Jones in Los Angeles brings extensive experience, expertise, and state-of-the-art technology to each unique case, ensuring that you receive safe and effective treatment for any orthopedic injury you’ve experienced. While located in Westwood, we are proud to serve surrounding areas such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

The term arthroscopy refers to performing surgical procedures through very small incisions using an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a lighted, narrow instrument used to visualize the internal aspects of the joint and even correct problems.

What are the benefits of arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy poses many benefits over open surgery:

  • You’ll experience less pain after surgery because incisions are very small
  • Because smaller incisions limit vulnerability, your chances of developing a postoperative infection decrease
  • The procedure is minimally invasive, so you’ll recover and return to work or regular activities faster
  • Scars are much smaller and less noticeable

Is arthroscopic surgery always an option?

No, arthroscopic surgery isn’t the best option for every case.

Dr. Jones approaches each patient individually, considering a multitude of factors to create a customized treatment plan. Some injuries can’t be appropriately accessed, visualized, or repaired using an arthroscope. In these cases, open surgery may be recommended to improve the patient’s prognosis.

Are all sports medicine doctors qualified to perform arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery requires specialized training and equipment. Not all surgeons or orthopedic surgeons specialize in arthroscopic surgery. To ensure you’re provided with all possible options for recovery, seek treatment from Dr. Jones: He provides both open and arthroscopic surgery.

What conditions can be treated using arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopy is used to treat joint problems, including joint inflammation, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, recurrent shoulder dislocations, chondromalacia (also called Runner’s Knee), tears of the meniscus, ACL tears, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthroscopy can be used on the knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist, hip, or ankle.

What is the recovery like after arthroscopic surgery?

All patients recovery differently and each procedure requires a somewhat different recovery plan. In general, you can expect to follow instructions to care for your surgical incisions, which may be closed with special glue, strips of tape, or sutures.

You may need physical therapy and will most likely need to avoid certain activities for a period of time after surgery. Most patients need some time off of work due to recovery from anesthesia and restrictions that make it hard to perform the duties of your job.

For more specific information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones, who can help you understand what to expect after surgery.