Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic Surgery at Orthopedic and Spine Centers of Wisconsin

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What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

This surgery is used to assess conditions that affect the joints and correct them. Arthroscopic surgery is commonly performed in the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, hand, wrist, foot, or ankle.

An arthroscope is a small camera with a light that a surgeon inserts into a small incision in your skin. The arthroscope is used to look for damage, inflammation, tears, and other problems inside the joint to determine the cause of your symptoms.

To fix the damage, the surgeon will make another small incision in the same area and insert tiny surgical tools that are usually no bigger than a pencil to perform the repairs needed.

What to Expect After Arthroscopic Surgery

Typically, arthroscopic surgery is a brief outpatient procedure. For instance, knee arthroscopy usually takes about an hour.

Your follow-up may include:

Medications to help with swelling and pain
RICE therapy; rest, ice, compression, and elevation
Protection like splints, slings, or crutches
Physical therapy to help strengthen muscles and improve the function of the joint

Arthroscopy Recovery

In general, in a few days, you should be able to go back to desk work and light activities. Most likely, you’ll be able to drive again in one to three weeks, and after that, you’ll be able to do more strenuous activities. Everyone’s recovery is different depending on their specific situations. It is important to follow the advice of your physician and physical therapists before returning to activities.

At Orthopedic & Spine Centers of Wisconsin, our team of physicians is here to help you. Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained physicians have one goal: to get you back to an active lifestyle as effectively as possible. Book your appointment today.