Diagnosing and treating joint pain is now less invasive and easier than ever thanks to advanced surgical techniques such as arthroscopy. Highly trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Faisal Mahmood and Dr. Ahmad Badri perform arthroscopy procedures at One Oak Medical’s offices in Wayne, Paramus, Middletown, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey, as well as Staten Island, New York. To learn more about how arthroscopy can help relieve your joint pain, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Arthroscopy Q & A
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Badri use to examine, diagnose, and treat joint problems. The term arthroscopy comes from a combination of Greek words that literally mean “to look inside the joint.”
During the procedure, your doctor inserts a pencil-thin instrument called an arthroscope into a small incision in your joint. The arthroscope has a camera lens and lighting device that displays an image of the inside of your joint on a screen.
Arthroscopy provides your surgeon with an up-close view of your joint’s interior without the need for a large incision. He can see the cartilage, bone, tendons, and ligaments inside your joint and precisely determine the location and extent of your injury.
If treatment is necessary, he inserts specialized, miniature surgical instruments into the small incision to repair your joint.
When is arthroscopy necessary?
Your surgeon may recommend arthroscopy if X-rays and other imaging tests fail to diagnose your joint problem. He diagnoses and treats many conditions with arthroscopy, including:
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Wrist pain
- Meniscus tears
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
What should I expect from arthroscopic surgery?
Even though arthroscopy is less invasive than open surgery, it still requires anesthesia and the specialized equipment of an operating room or outpatient surgical suite. Before the procedure, your surgeon discusses the best anesthesia options for you.
During surgery, Dr. Mahmood or Dr. Badri makes tiny incisions to insert the arthroscope into your affected joint. The amount of time it takes depends on your specific condition, but most arthroscopic procedures last 30 minutes to two hours.
Afterward, he bandages your incisions and provides you with information on how to care for them at home. Most patients can go home the day of surgery and return to work or normal activities a few days later.
Your surgeon may suggest a rehabilitation plan to promote joint recovery, which might include rest and physical therapy.
If you’re looking for a skilled arthroscopic surgeon, call One Oak Medical or schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahmood online today.