Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A.

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Fort Myers, FL

If you’ve experienced a joint-related injury, traditional open surgery may not be your only option. At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A in Fort Myers, Florida, Edward R. Dupay, Jr., DO, and his team specialize in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for treatment of joint-related conditions. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dupay provides patients with high-quality, comprehensive health care. To find out if arthroscopic surgery is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Arthroscopic Surgery

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive method used to successfully perform surgery on the joints with minimal cutting and trauma. arthroscopic surgery is performed using an arthroscope, which allows your surgeon to see inside your joints. 

The arthroscopy also allows your doctor to determine if your condition requires more aggressive treatment like open surgery. 

What conditions can be treated with arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is appropriate for a number of joint-related conditions, including:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Torn cartilage in the knee or shoulder
  • Torn ligaments
  • Loose bone fragments

Although arthroscopic surgery can be used to treat any joint in the body, it’s most commonly performed on joints in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist.

How is arthroscopic surgery performed?

A physical exam and discussion of your medical history are required to accurately diagnose your condition. Prior to your procedure, X-rays are taken to give your surgeon a good look at your affected joint(s).

Your surgeon begins the procedure by inserting the arthroscope through a small incision made near the treatment area. A sterile liquid is used to help open up the area, making it easier to see the joint. 

Your surgeon then uses specialized miniature instruments to cut, shave, and apply stitches to the affected area. Additional incisions may be required to insert the surgical instruments. 

Once the joint has been treated, the incisions are bandaged, and you’re off to recovery. 

Is arthroscopic surgery painful?

Arthroscopic surgery is performed under anesthesia, so there is no pain during the procedure. Depending on the location of your affected joint, local or general anesthesia is used. You and your doctor discuss the right option for your condition. 

One of the major benefits of arthroscopic surgery is the minimal trauma caused to the body. arthroscopic surgery results in less pain and stiffness and requires less time to recover. 

Some patients are prescribed pain medication to help ease recovery, but this isn’t always necessary. It takes a few weeks for joints to heal after surgery, but you’ll be able to return to your regular schedule within a few days. 

Arthroscopic surgery poses a lower-risk than traditional open surgery, making it a safer option for treating joint-related conditions. It takes a few weeks for joints to heal after surgery, but you’ll be able to return to your regular schedule within a few days. 

To find out if arthroscopic surgery is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.