Arthroscopic Surgery – A Minimally Invasive Option for Diagnosing & Treating Many Joint Conditions
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive orthopedic procedure that can be performed to evaluate and treat many joint conditions. Utilizing a specialized surgical instrument called an arthroscope, which contains a tiny camera and fiber-optic light source, a surgeon can view the internal structures of a joint under a high level of magnification in real time. Because the arthroscope and other miniature surgical instruments can be inserted through very small incisions, arthroscopic surgery allows many patients to avoid a highly invasive open surgical procedure.
What can arthroscopy be used for?
Also known as keyhole surgery, arthroscopic surgery may be used as part of the diagnostic or treatment process for:
- Inflammation in a hip, knee, or shoulder
- Cartilage damage
- Ligament tears
- Tendinitis, tendinopathy, and tendinosis
- Knee instability
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- A loose bone or cartilage fragment floating in a hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, or wrist
The most common arthroscopic procedures are arthroscopic knee surgery and arthroscopic shoulder surgery, mainly because the knee and shoulder are relatively large joints that are particularly well-suited for this surgical approach. Of course, when deciding on a surgery type, the primary consideration should be adequate treatment, which must supersede the desire to avoid a large incision. If a surgeon does not believe the issue can be sufficiently addressed with arthroscopy, then another surgical approach should be considered.
Who performs arthroscopic surgery in Lafayette, LA?
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides comprehensive orthopedic care in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a highly experienced joint specialist, Dr. Vizzi has mastered the intricacies of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Recognizing that every patient is unique, he takes a personalized approach to treatment in order to meet the specific needs of each individual he treats.
If you would like to learn more about arthroscopic surgery and other diagnostic and treatment options for joint conditions, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vizzi at his office in Lafayette, LA.