Arthroscopy Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

Arthroscopy helps orthopedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat joint conditions. The team of orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the shoulder, hip, and knee. They were the first surgeons in the area to offer arthroscopy to treat hip and knee conditions. Schedule a consultation to discuss arthroscopy for your shoulder, hip, or knee condition by calling the office, or requesting an appointment online today.

Arthroscopy Q&A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeons at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center to evaluate and treat conditions that affect the joint. 

During surgery, your surgeon makes a small incision at your joint and inserts a pencil-sized instrument — an arthroscope — that has a light and camera. The arthroscope allows your surgeon to see the inside of your joint without making a large incision.

Who needs arthroscopy?

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the knees, hips, and shoulders. The team may recommend arthroscopy if you have:

  • Inflammation in your knee or shoulder
  • Hip or shoulder impingement
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in need of ACL repair
  • Meniscal tear in the knee
  • Worn or injured cartilage in the knee (chondromalacia)
  • Loose bodies of bone or cartilage in the knee or shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tendon tear
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocation

The skilled orthopedic surgeons may also use arthroscopy to treat osteoarthritis in your joints. 

What happens during arthroscopy?

Your provider at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center customizes your arthroscopy procedure based on which joint is undergoing the surgery and the suspected problem. They review the details of the arthroscopy at your pre-surgical visit so you know what to expect.

During arthroscopy, your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts the arthroscope to evaluate the joint. They make additional small incisions and insert the surgical tools necessary for repairing your joint condition. 

After completing the procedure, your surgeon covers your incisions and sends you to the recovery room. In most cases, you can go home the same day as your surgery. 

How long is recovery following arthroscopy?

Recovery following arthroscopy depends on the type of surgery performed. However, you can expect a faster recovery following arthroscopy than with traditional open joint surgery. 

Your surgeon sends you to the physical therapy team following arthroscopy so you can start your rehabilitation program to support healing and recovery, which may take weeks or months. 

Recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery for hip impingement, for example, takes 4-6 months and requires rigorous therapy. For ACL repair, recovery takes about six months. 

Find out more about arthroscopy at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center by calling or scheduling an appointment online today.