Arthroscopic Surgery Questions and Answers
Our less invasive Arthroscopic Surgery is a revolutionary treatment to help with your knee, ankle or foot problems. Visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today to learn more about how Arthroscopic surgery would be beneficial to you! Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have 4 convenient locations in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.
Ankle and foot injury is likely the most under-treated problem that many people face and many times an injured person will attempt their own treatment – potentially making the problem worse. A misdiagnosed, under-treated foot or ankle injury can eventually become a chronic problem. We can help.
A Board-Certified physician from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists will diagnose what the injury actually is: an ankle sprain, or something more complicated like a partial tear, torn ligament or fracture. One of our top foot surgeons will determine exactly what you need and what the treatment protocol should be.
Only a podiatrist experienced in complex ankle injury and reconstructive foot bone surgery can accurately diagnose the true nature of foot and ankle problems. We interact and involve our patients with their treatment options. The physicians of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists are experienced in determining the true nature of foot and ankle problems.
Who is a good candidate for Arthroscopic Surgery?
Patients with knee, ankle or foot pain or limited knee, ankle or foot function may be candidates for Arthroscopic Surgery. Most who suffer from a knee, ankle or foot injury or degeneration and who have not found the relief they need through non-operative treatments can benefit from a minimally invasive procedure like Arthroscopic Surgery.
Is arthroscopic surgery a major surgery?
Since Arthroscopic surgery is less invasive than other surgeries, there will be considerably less pain and a faster recovery time. However, Arthroscopic surgery is still considered a major surgical procedure, and does involve some risks and requires appropriate post-operative rehabilitation.
Through small incisions, instruments can be inserted to repair or remove any damaged structures. Arthroscopic knee, ankle or foot surgery is also often called “scoping the knee/ankle/foot” or knee/ankle/foot arthroscopy.
What are the advantages of arthroscopic surgery?
The best way to prevent foot and ankle injury is to maintain good strength, muscle balance and flexibility.
- Warm-up before doing exercises and vigorous activities
- Pay attention to walking, running or working surfaces
- Wear good shoes that fit well
- Pay attention to your body’s warning signs to slow down when you feel pain or fatigue
Arthroscopy surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it allows your surgeon to both view and treat a joint without fully opening it up. This means less trauma to the joint and less scarring for you, and often provides shorter recovery times in comparison and lower risks of complications compared to open surgeries.
Some advantages of arthroscopy compared to open surgery include:
- Smaller incisions made
- Minimal soft tissue trauma to the area
- Less post-operative pain than open surgery
- Faster recovery time
- Lower infection rate due to it being less invasive
How is arthroscopy surgery performed?
This minimally-invasive approach has helped to revolutionize the way joint damage can be treated and repaired. Our patients will benefit from faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays and less scarring than compared to open surgeries. From ankles, knees, feet and other areas of the body, arthroscopic surgery is helping patients to get moving again!
The actual time for arthroscopy surgery is usually around 30 minutes. However, if extensive work is needed, the procedure can take up to 45 minutes. Most people sleep during surgery with general anesthetic or if chosen spinal anesthetic to help.
Arthroscopy surgery is a procedure for diagnosing and treating joint issues. Our surgeons insert a narrow tube that is attached to a fiber-optic video camera through a small incision made on the area that will be treated, about the size of a buttonhole. Our surgeons have the ability to view inside your joint as its transmitted to a high-definition video monitor. Then our surgeons will start to repair the joint with surgical tools as needed for the joint repair.
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