Arthroscopic surgery (also known as arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure commonly used to diagnose and repair knee and shoulder injuries sustained either through sports, trauma, or normal wear and tear. Dr. Steven Meier of Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine is an expert orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills and performs many arthroscopic procedures on patients each year.
Arthroscopy in Bevlery Hills
In an arthroscopic an surgery, a surgeon will make several small incisions around the injured knee or shoulder joint and insert a small tube called an arthroscope. The arthroscope contains a camera and light and allows the surgeon to assess the damage to the joint as well as the severity of the injury, through the images projected from the camera onto a video screen in the operating room.
Arthroscopic surgery is generally believed to be a safer alternative to traditional open knee or shoulder surgery, as there is less blood loss due to the small size and nature of the incisions, as well as less chances for complications. Patients that undergo arthroscopic surgery can usually expect shorter hospital stays and recovery times than with traditional surgery.
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Depending on the injury, surgery may not always be the best course of treatment. Many tears and injuries can and do heal on their with time through rest, icing, and the use of NSAIDs if necessary to manage pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. In many cases an orthopedic surgeon will also prescribe a course of physical therapy, which can help strengthen the muscles around the joint so that weight bearing activities like running put less pressure on the affected joint. In many cases lifestyle changes like losing weight can also help improve function and the patient’s overall quality of life, as well as help with healing.
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