If you experience chronic joint pain and it affects your ability to work or exercise, arthroscopic surgery can identify the source of your symptoms, and make repairs to help you feel better. At Coastal Ortho, the team of board-certified orthopedic specialists use arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat joint-related damage and diseases. To make an appointment in El Segundo or Torrance, California, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that diagnoses and treats issues affecting your joints. It involves the use of an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a bright light and a high-definition camera on the end.
Your provider at Coastal Ortho inserts the arthroscope through small incisions during orthopedic surgery. The camera feeds real-time images to a TV monitor in the operating suite, allowing your provider to see your joint and make the necessary repairs.
At Coastal Ortho, the team offers several types of arthroscopic surgery, including:
The team also performs hip arthroscopy to treat hip and pelvis pain.
Before recommending arthroscopic surgery, your provider at Coastal Ortho conducts a pre-operative evaluation to ensure you’re in good health. During the exam, they order a variety of tests, including X-rays and an electrocardiogram. Your provider also orders blood tests, to check for inflammation, infection, or signs of autoimmune disease.
During the appointment, let your provider know about any prescription medications or supplements you take. In addition, alert them to any chronic conditions you’re living with. Certain medicines and ailments may increase the risk of complications during surgery.
The team at Coastal Ortho performs arthroscopic surgery at a hospital. On the day of your procedure, they administer general anesthesia that puts you to sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, your surgeon makes several small incisions over your affected joint. Then, they carefully insert the arthroscope through the incisions.
Your provider inserts small surgical tools through the arthroscope to remove diseased tissues and make the necessary repairs. Afterward, they remove the arthroscope and tools, close the incision, and move you to a recovery room for observation.
After arthroscopic surgery, it takes 10-45 minutes for your anesthesia to wear off. Once it does, you can change back into your regular clothes. Your surgeon at Coastal Ortho writes you a prescription for pain medication and explains how to care for your wounds.
During the first few days, get plenty of rest, take your medication as prescribed, and change your dressing regularly. After about a week, you enroll in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Working with a physical therapist strengthens your muscles, improves your range of motion, and restores your general mobility.
If you regularly experience joint pain, arthroscopic surgery may be able to provide long-term relief. To request a consultation at Coastal Ortho, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.