Arthroscopy began as a diagnostic procedure, but with advances in surgical technology, it quickly became the best option for repairing problems inside your joints. Jaspreet Sidhu, DO, specializes in arthroscopy, frequently performing knee arthroscopy and managing your rehabilitation so you can recover quickly and return to optimal performance. If you continue to experience joint pain despite conservative therapy, you may benefit from arthroscopy. To learn more about the procedure, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Sidhu to examine the inside of your joints, diagnose conditions affecting the joint, and perform surgery to repair the problem.
During the procedure, Dr. Sidhu uses an arthroscope, which is a slim tool that fits through a small incision.
The arthroscope contains lighting and a video camera that sends magnified images to a monitor, giving Dr. Sidhu an excellent view of the structures inside the joint.
If surgery is needed, Dr. Sidhu uses instruments that are specially designed to fit through narrow tubes that are inserted through additional tiny incisions.
Dr. Sidhu may recommend arthroscopy following a sports injury or when you have chronic pain that doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatment.
While arthroscopy is used to treat shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, and hip problems, Dr. Sidhu frequently performs arthroscopic procedures to diagnose and treat knee problems.
Knee conditions that often benefit from arthroscopic treatment include:
During arthroscopy, Dr. Sidhu may perform numerous procedures, including removing or repairing damaged tissues, reconstructing ligaments, removing loose fragments of bone, realigning your kneecap, or treating an infection.
When you have open knee surgery, your doctor makes one long incision that cuts through the underlying muscles and causes more trauma. By comparison, the small incisions made to accommodate the arthroscope and surgical instruments limit your trauma and spare your muscles.
Compared with open surgery, arthroscopic procedures offer benefits such as:
In most cases, arthroscopic knee surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day. Dr. Sidhu gives you detailed instructions about when it’s safe to bear weight, and he teaches you exercises to help restore movement and regain strength. Therapeutic exercise or physical therapy is essential to ensure your optimal recovery.
Most patients return to their normal activities in 6-8 weeks following knee arthroscopy, but you may need to avoid high-impact activities longer than eight weeks. Additionally, ligament reconstruction typically requires a longer recovery.
If you have questions about your knee pain or arthroscopy, call the office or schedule an appointment online.