Our surgeons at Omaha Orthopedic Clinic use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat joint problems. This technique allows us to see the internal structures of a joint using an instrument called an arthroscope, a small, tube shaped instrument that is used to look inside a joint. This minimally invasive procedure is used in joints throughout the body:
Why might I need arthroscopy?
An arthroscopic procedure may be used to diagnose and assist in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Inflammation in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle
- Treatment of injuries, such as shoulder rotator cuff tendon tears or impingement syndrome
- Cartilage damage, such as tears, injury, or wear
- Ligament tears with instability in the knee
- Tendon damage
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist
Loose bone and/or cartilage, particularly in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, wrist, or hip
Is arthroscopy still surgery?
Yes, although much less invasive because the joint doesn’t need to be opened up fully. Instead, small incisions are made for the arthroscope and surgical instruments. This often results in a quicker recovery time.
Is arthroscopy safe?
Arthroscopy is a very safe procedure and complications are uncommon.
How do I know if arthroscopy is a good idea for me?
The specialists at Omaha Orthopedic Clinic will work with you to pick the best treatment option.