Arthroscopic joint surgery is a surgical procedure Ogden Clinic orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. Arthroscopic procedures may be used to treat many conditions such as torn cartilage, ACL reconstruction, torn surface cartilage, and trimming damaged cartilage. Ogden Clinic surgeons perform this minimally invasive procedure using a small tube-like instrument attached to a camera. This allows the surgeon to see inside the joint through a very small incision. Arthroscopic procedures may be used to examine symptoms such as pain or instability of a joint. Your Ogden Clinic surgeon may then be able to repair the problem or determine the type of injury.
Arthroscopic surgery may be done under general or local anesthesia. Your Ogden Clinic surgeon will make a small incision and the arthroscope will be inserted. One or more separate incisions may be made depending on the procedure being performed. The camera on the arthroscope will allow your surgeon to see cartilage, ligaments, and inside the joint by transmitting video images to a television screen. The surgeon can then determine the amount of damage and/or repair the injury if necessary. After the procedure, you will receive a few incisions. The recovery will be much easier than traditional open surgery due to less trauma being done to connective tissues. Most patients are able to return home shortly after the procedure.
After surgery, the incisions will be covered with a sterile dressing and you will move to a recovery room. Most patients may go back to normal activity within a few days. However, for follow-up care, refer to the directions given to you by your Ogden Clinic doctor or nurse. It will take several weeks for the joint to fully recover.
If you experience worsening pain or swelling in the joint (if it is hot, tender, or red), develop a high temperature, have numbness or tingling, or see pus, fluid, or blood coming from the incision site, contact Ogden Clinic immediately.