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.
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.
Arthroscopy poses many benefits over open surgery:
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.
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.
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.
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.