Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure commonly used by orthopedic surgeons to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.
While performing an examination such as this, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system which magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint where the procedure is being executed.
Rather than a large incision needed for surgery, attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera allows the surgeon to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision which translates into minimal scarring.
Arthroscopy procedure can be used to,
1. See if you have a joint problem,
2. Have surgery to repair such a joint problem,
3. Remove a loose or foreign object in a joint,
4. Also, doctors can do it to keep track of a disease or to see how well a treatment is working.
This procedure is most often done on knees, elbows, and ankles but it’s sometimes used on hips, shoulders, and wrists.
As we’ve said before, the procedure commonly starts by creating a small incision in the skin through were the arthroscope will be introduced, the scope has a light source and a video camera attached to it. Images from the camera can be seen on a video screen. These magnified images provide a clear picture of your joint. During the procedure, a sample of joint put into your tissue can be collected to be tested. This is called a biopsy. If needed, more tools will be joint through other small incisions.
Like open surgery, arthroscopy allows the doctor to see clearly what is wrong with your joint. But they share a great difference, while open surgery requires a larger incision, arthroscopy needs a small one. Also compared to open surgery this procedure usually:
1. Is less painful,
2. Costs less,
3. Depending on what is done, recovery is faster,
4. Overnight stay in a hospital is not necessary, it can be done on an outpatient basis.
To go further into detail, let’s explore the joints where the operation is frequently performed,
More about the Procedure
Who is a candidate? Commonly, whenever a patient undergoes knee surgery is to diagnose and treat several knee problems, such as:
1. A torn meniscus,
2. A misaligned kneecap,
3. It can also repair the ligaments of the joint.
With limited risks to the procedure, the outlook is good for most patients, and your recovery time and prognosis will depend on two factors,
1. The severity of the knee problem,
2. The complexity of the required knee surgery.
Your doctor might have already diagnosed the condition causing your pain and may recommend that you undergo the procedure.
Here’s a list of injuries that can be diagnosed and get treated by a knee arthroscopy:
1. Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments,
2. Torn meniscus (the cartilage between the bones in the knee),
3. Patella that’s out of position,
4. Pieces of torn cartilage that are loose in the joint,
5. Removal of a Baker’s cyst,
6. Fractures in the knee bones,
7. Swollen synovium (the lining in the joint),
If your inquiry runs more over the budget zone it’s important to mention that throughout the US area prices goes from $ 10,400 to the $ 3,800 US Dollars.
Who is a candidate for this procedure? People who have painful elbow conditions that do not respond to non-surgical procedures, such as:
2. Physical therapy,
3. Or medication that reduces inflammation, (pills or injections),
And it commonly prices ranges between $9,674 and $4,119 US Dollars.
Now, here’s a list of certain conditions that make you eligible for elbow arthroscopy:
1. Tennis Elbow,
2. Lateral epicondylitis,
3. Elbow arthritis,
4. Release of scar tissue to improve range of motion,
5. Removal of loose bodies,
6. Or damage to hummers bone from certain sports,
After the operation is done and during the recovery period, you may be placed into an elbow splint that still allows you to use your hand. The time wearing this splint will be determined by what was performed during the elbow surgery.
Also, keeping your arm elevated is important to prevent excessive swelling and pain after your surgery, this also applies to post-operatory therapy, some procedures require it right away and some don’t require it at all.
This form of treatment often allows the patient to go home the same day, but occasionally, depending on the condition, a hospital stay may be needed.
The procedure is essentially the same compared to the last two we’ve just described, it usually ranges between the prices of $9,900 to $4,107 US Dollars. And in addition, it shares the perks of a,
1. Prompt recovery,
2. Minimal scarring,
3. And it’s considered to be minimally invasive,
4. And it is also performed for both treating and diagnosing a patient.
Some of the variety of ankle conditions that may be treated by this procedure is the following,
1. Ankle debris due to a torn cartilage or from a bone chip,
2. Ligament damage from a severely sprained ankle,
During the ankle surgery, you will be brought to the operating room and prepped for anesthesia and the procedure. An IV line will be started. The joint will be exposed, cleaned, and sterilized. You might be given the option of choosing the anesthesia, but we recommend using the one suggested by the doctor performing the operation. Depending on the type of anesthesia chosen, a tube may be placed in your throat to assist with breathing, once you are asleep. The ankle will be numbed locally or with a regional anesthetic block. Once you are anesthetized, small incisions will be made for the portals.
These portals, or small tubes, will be placed in different areas around the joint for the instruments and camera to be placed in. The surgeon will then perform the procedure. Once the surgeon is done, the instruments and portals will be removed. The small incisions will be stitched closed and bandaged.
Afterward, you will be taken to the recovery room for monitoring while waking up from the anesthesia.
Just like any kind of arthroscopy, recovery depends on what was done during the procedure. It changes from patient to patient but generally, this might apply to every patient,
1. The area should always be kept clean and dry while the incisions are healing,
2. Pain medicine may be prescribed,
3. The ankle should be kept elevated and iced to prevent or minimize swelling,
4. Some patients are allowed to use crutches in order to bear the weight,
5. Other patients may be placed in an immobilizer for as long as six weeks, the way in which your ankle will be immobilized will be determined on whether your procedure was performed to diagnose or treat an injury. The cast for treatment, a splint for diagnosis.
One of the most important factors to fully complete your research is who will perform it. One of the best advice we can give is, to ask them how many times they have performed this procedure.
To guarantee that they were trained for this specific procedure, verify if they are board-certified, and one of the best advice anyone could give, do not make your decision based on prices, most surgeons offer financing options, remember no amount is too high if it ensures your health and safety.
Staying on track for making things easier for you, and if you are still a little unsure about where to get this treatment or about going outside the US to get the procedure done, Baja Surgery Centerhas great facilities as well as a great team of doctors that can get this procedure done,
We understand that this might seem like a bit more of an effort because it involves traveling, but we have created partnerships with lodging services such as Cielito Lindo Hotel and Hacienda Los Algodones with the idea of making things easier for you and to ensure your commodity and all and still get a great medical experience.