Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. During the operation, a surgeon inserts a small, flexible instrument with a camera on the end through a tiny incision. The specialist may also insert other small instruments through the incision, using video provided by the camera to direct the surgery.
Compared to traditional, open surgery, arthroscopic surgery offers:
At Aurora, we specialize in minimally invasive surgery for nearly all types of joints and orthopedic injuries. Arthroscopic surgery available at Aurora includes:
We are the largest health care provider in Wisconsin, performing thousands of successful joint procedures every year. People choose us for minimally invasive surgery because we provide:
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Depending on the surgery, your doctor will provide medication beforehand to either numb the area or make you feel sleepy. You may need to avoid eating the day of your surgery. Your surgeon may also ask you not to take certain medications that increase your risk of bleeding.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, taking the time to answer any questions you may have.
Your surgeon will place a thin, flexible instrument called a scope through an incision roughly the size of a buttonhole. The scope has a camera attached, allowing the specialist to see inside your joint and direct the surgery via video monitor.
Arthroscopic surgery can take up to 2 hours, after which you spend a few hours recovering in the hospital before going home.
Your doctor will prescribe medication for pain and swelling after your arthroscopic surgery. You will also receive instructions on how to care for your joint with ice and protective slings or bandages.
Most people are usually up and walking within a week and back to normal activities within about a month. Your surgeon will likely recommend physical therapy to help you regain function and strength in your joint.
Learn more about orthopedic physical therapy at Aurora.