Minimally Invasive Surgery
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., involves minor surgical procedures, such as arthroscopy, that repair injuries. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery over invasive surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain
- Shorter recovery times
- Less bleeding
- Lower risk of complications
The skilled surgeons at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., have decades of experience and use the latest advances in technology and techniques to help you achieve a desirable outcome.
Why might I require minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., may be right for you if you suffer from one or more of the following injuries or diseases:
- Sports-related injuries
- A torn meniscus
- ACL or MCL injuries
- A fracture
- Worn down joints
- Other joint damage
- Chronic pain
- Patella tendon injuries
Your orthopaedic surgeon recommends the least invasive treatment option first, such as physical therapy, joint injections, regenerative medicine, or radiofrequency ablation, but understands the importance of minimally invasive surgery to fully restore musculoskeletal function in some cases.
How are joint injuries diagnosed?
To diagnose an injury or disease associated with pain, your orthopaedic specialist reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, and examines the site of injury or pain. They might use blood tests or imaging procedures, such as bone scans, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or ultrasound, to help diagnose your condition and determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
What should I expect during minimally invasive surgery?
Follow pre-surgical instructions before arriving for your surgery. You may have to avoid food and water the day of surgery, and stop taking certain medications prior to the procedure. You receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain.
Your surgeon makes tiny incisions at the site of the injury and may use an arthroscope, or tiny tube with a special camera attached to it, to view the inside of a joint and repair tissues. They can mend soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, or fuse together broken bones. Your surgeon might also eliminate damaged tissue during minimally invasive surgery.
What happens after the procedure?
After surgery, you might rest in a recovery room for a few hours. Plan to have someone drive you home and follow all post-surgery instructions. Your doctor prescribes medications to take while you heal.
You may have to wear a brace, use crutches, ice the treatment area, and undergo physical therapy. Recovery can take several weeks or months, depending on the complexity of your procedure.
Don’t let an injury go untreated when minimally invasive surgery can restore musculoskeletal function and your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Western Orthopaedics, P.C., over the phone or request online for an evaluation today.