Arthroscopic Surgery

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Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopaedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopaedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient's skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.

By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.

The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee. This lets the surgeon see the cartilage, ligaments, and under the kneecap. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary.

Although arthroscopic surgery has received a lot of public attention because it is used to treat well-known athletes, it is an extremely valuable tool for all orthopaedic patients and is generally easier on the patient than "open" surgery. Most patients have their arthroscopic surgery as outpatients and are home several hours after the surgery.

Dr. Owen performs arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee and elbow for your best recovery and outcome.


Dr. Owen will recommend the treatment options best suited for your recovery.


Arthroscopic Surgery

  1. No cutting of muscles or tendons

  2. Less bleeding during surgery

  3. Less scarring

Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers many benefits to the patient over traditional surgery:

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  1. Smaller incisions

  2. Faster recovery and return to regular activities

  3. Faster and more comfortable rehabilitation

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