Arthroscopic Surgery

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Arthroscopic surgery allows board-certified orthopedic surgeon Aleksandr Khaimov, DO, to diagnose and treat problems in joints like your knee and shoulder without making a large incision. For expert care in arthroscopic surgery, call or book an appointment online today.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q&A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Also known as arthroscopy, arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive orthopedic procedure that Dr. Khaimov uses to diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. The word arthroscopy combines two Greek words: arthro, meaning joint, and skopein, meaning to look.

This type of surgery uses an arthroscope, a pencil-sized, flexible instrument with a small camera and lighting system. Dr. Khaimov inserts the scope through a small incision (about 1 cm) near your joint and views high-definition images on a computer monitor. This provides him with an up-close view to diagnose and treat various joint problems.

If Dr. Khaimov sees a problem in your joint, he may treat it in the same procedure. He may make one or more additional incisions to insert miniature surgical tools that can repair or reconstruct damaged tissues.

What is arthroscopic surgery used for?

Imaging tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, may not reveal enough information to make a definitive diagnosis of your condition. Arthroscopy provides a much more accurate diagnosis than open surgery or imaging tests. Dr. Khaimov uses arthroscopy to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a broad range of joint problems, including:

Shoulder conditions

Shoulder arthroscopy can treat many common causes of shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tears, bursitis, and labral tears, without a large incision.

Knee conditions

Dr. Khaimov may use knee arthroscopy to diagnose and treat a variety of knee problems, including meniscus tears and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.

What should I expect from an arthroscopic surgery procedure?

First, Dr. Khaimov reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you're a good candidate for arthroscopic surgery. Then, he creates a personalized surgical plan and explains what you should expect.

Because arthroscopic surgery uses small incisions, it involves less pain, faster recovery, and a reduced risk of complications. Dr. Khaimov may perform arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure so you can avoid a hospital stay.

Even though arthroscopy is minimally invasive, you still need some type of anesthesia and should schedule downtime for recovery. These factors vary depending on your specific needs, so Dr. Khaimov discusses them with you before your procedure. After your surgery, you begin a rehabilitation plan that includes physical therapy.

For more information about arthroscopic surgery, call Quality Orthopedics and Complete Joint Care or book an appointment online today.

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