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Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is shoulder arthroscopy?

Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to inspect and diagnose issues within a joint. During shoulder arthroscopy, your doctor will put a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your shoulder joint. The pictures from the arthroscope are then used to help the surgeon guide miniature surgical instruments. The arthroscope and the surgical instruments are very small which minimizes the size of the incisions which results in less pain for patients and shorter recovery time.

When is it recommended?

If your condition isn't responding to nonsurgical treatment, then your surgeon will typically recommend shoulder arthroscopy. Injury, overuse and age-related wear are the most responsible for shoulder damage.

Common arthroscopic procedures:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Bone spur removal
  • Removal or replacement of the labrum reconstruction of the ligaments
  • Removal of inflamed tissue
  • Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

Hip Arthroscopy

What is hip arthroscopy?

Like shoulder arthroscopy, orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to inspect and diagnose issues within a joint. A small camera (arthroscope) will be inserted into the hip joint. The pictures from the arthroscope are then used to help the surgeon guide miniature surgical instruments. The arthroscope and the surgical instruments are very small which minimizes the size of the incisions which results in less pain for patients and shorter recovery time.

When is it recommended?

If your condition isn't responding to nonsurgical treatment, then your surgeon will typically recommend a hip arthroscopy. Injury, overuse and age-related wear are the most responsible for the hip damage.

Knee Arthroscopy

What is knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that helps treat and diagnose problems in the knee joint. A small incision in your knee will be made, and the arthroscope (small camera) will be inserted into your knee joint. This helps the surgeon view the problem and correct it.

When is it recommended?

Your surgeon may recommend knee arthroscopy when all other nonsurgical treatments aren’t responding. Arthroscopic surgery can diagnose and treat these injuries:

  • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments
  • Torn meniscus
  • Patella that’s out of position
  • Pieces of torn cartilage that are loose in the joint
  • Removal of a baker’s cyst
  • Fractures in the knee bone
  • Swollen synovium   

Ankle Arthroscopy

What is it?

This is a surgical technique that is minimally invasive that the surgeon to diagnose and treat problems in the ankle joint. Ankle arthroscopy uses an arthroscope (small camera) to view the issue within your joint which helps your surgeon diagnose the problem. The ideal outcome of this surgery is to reduce ankle pain and improve overall function. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to treat:

  • Ankle arthritis
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle instability
  • Anterior ankle impingement
  • Arthrofibrosis
  • Infection
  • Posterior ankle impingement
  • Synovitis
  • Unexplained ankle symptoms

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Injections

The use of platelet-rich plasma, a portion of the patient’s blood, which promotes healing of injured ligaments, muscles, and joints. This can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. Additionally, stem cell injections support the reparative response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives.

Ultrasound Guided Diagnosis and Injections

We offer an array of diagnostic ultrasound examinations to help treat injuries. Ultrasound is also used to guide the placement of injections which improves accuracy and decreases pain associated with injections. It is a safe way to guide needles into joints or soft tissues in the body.