Arthroscopic Surgery Fort Worth
What is Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic Surgery Fort Worth : Aside from being one of Dr. Nicholas Iagulli’s specialties, arthroscopic surgery is a technique that uses a small camera to look inside problem joints so that the surgeon can properly diagnose the patient’s injury. The camera also allows doctors to use minimally invasive techniques in both the diagnosis and treatment of an injury.
A New Direction
In addition to being less invasive than many other procedures, arthroscopic surgery requires a shorter recovery time than practically every other surgery at its level. Considered to be the gold standard of surgical techniques, Dr. Iagulli believes that arthroscopy is the new direction for surgery. In the past and still with some modern techniques, open surgical procedures required a large open incision that would violate muscle planes and cause more scarring in the tissue. This results in such procedures having both a longer recovery time and a higher risk of infection.
Oftentimes choosing an arthroscopic surgical procedure over other open surgeries can decrease the recovery period by weeks or even months. This is partially because the incision is far smaller than ones needed for other types of surgery.
During an arthroscopic exam or surgery, Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon Dr. Iagulli makes a small stab incision in the skin and inserts the camera into the joint. Light is then sent through the fiber optics to the end that has been inserted, illuminating the structures inside the joint. This allows the surgeon to see the interior through a smaller incision than other open surgeries.
Once inside, he will be able to see the cartilage and ligaments and determine the type of injury as well as repair the problem, assuming further surgery is necessary.
Why Is Arthroscopic Surgery Used?
At Trinity Orthopedics, arthroscopy is used because it is an amazing tool that allows our physicians to use minimally invasive techniques to help patients deal with their pain and injuries. With arthroscopy, a fully accurate diagnosis can be made, which means that you and your doctor can develop a more comprehensive plan for your treatment.
As mentioned above, arthroscopic surgery shortens recovery periods in addition to minimizing the risk of infection. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to uncover and treat:
- Acute or chronic injury
- Torn ligaments and cartilage