Minimally-Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery

An Innovative Joint Surgery Option near Kansas City

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Camera-Assisted Joint Surgery
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Arthroscopy—sometimes called arthroscopic surgery—is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope, a small camera your orthopedic surgeon inserts into your joint through a small incision, to perform surgery. The surgical instruments employed during an arthroscopy are smaller than those in traditional open surgery. Patients experience a reduced risk of complications, less scarring, and a shortened recovery time.

Mid-America Orthopedics Arthroscopic Surgeons

Kansas City Area Orthopedic Doctors

dr michael dempewolf

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Dr. Michael Dempewolf

dr eckland

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Dr. Christopher Eckland

dr pat do

MAO Founder & Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Pat Do

dr craig yager

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Dr. Craig Yager

Common Reasons for Arthroscopic Surgeries

  • Shoulder
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Shoulder Dislocation
    • Labral Tear
    • SLAP Tear
    • Subacromial Impingement
    • Nerve Impingement
    • Biceps Tendon Injury
    • Shoulder (AC) Separation
    • Cartilage Lesions
  • Knee
    • ACL Tear
    • Meniscal Tear
    • Ligament Injury
    • Patellar Dislocation or Instability
    • Cartilage Lesions
    • Knee Dislocation or Multi-Ligament Injury
  • Hip
    • Labral Tear
    • Snapping Hip Syndrome
    • Cartilage Lesions
    • FAI Impingement
  • Elbow
    • Stiffness
    • Loose Body Removal
    • Osteophyte Removal
  • Ankle
    • Debridement
    • Cartilage Lesions

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What Happens During
Arthroscopic Surgery?

Prior to scheduling surgery, our orthopedic doctors will thoroughly examine your injured joint to determine whether arthroscopy is right for you. Minimally-invasive joint surgery isn’t appropriate for all injuries, so consulting with an experienced surgeon will help achieve the best outcomes.

During the surgery, your doctor will make a small incision and insert the camera—an arthroscope—to view the joint area on a closed-circuit monitor. Additional tiny incisions accommodate surgical tools. Using the camera view, your orthopedic surgeon can repair injured or torn tissue. Your surgeon will insert irrigation fluid—usually saline—to distend the joint to create room to perform the repair. The entire process usually lasts no more than 45 minutes.

It is technically possible to perform arthroscopy on almost every joint, but it is most commonly used for the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, and ankle, for a variety of injuries, joint disorders, and lesions.

Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery

If your arthroscopic surgery was performed on your hip, knee, or ankle, you will need to use crutches or a walker for a few days after surgery. Once pain subsides, many people are able to walk with a limp within a week of surgery.

It can take up to six weeks for your joints to reach normal levels of joint fluid after your surgery, so it may take four to six weeks to start seeing the benefit of your operation. Within three to four months, you’ll see a reduction of pain and swelling, and an improvement in mobility and strength.

For some surgeries, you will need to wear a brace to support your joint, but it is not necessary for everyone. Talk to your surgeon about whether you will need to wear one.

Most patients attend physical therapy after arthroscopic surgery to work toward regaining motion and strength. Again, your doctor will decide what is best for you based on your injury, recovery speed, and type of surgery you received.

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Should I have arthroscopic surgery on my knee to treat my meniscus tear?

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Arthroscopic surgery to treat a torn meniscus when the rest of the knee is normal can help to reduce the pain induced by the meniscus tear.  Patients with arthritis, thinning of the cartilage, will often experience degenerative meniscal tears. Arthroscopic surgery for treatment of degenerative meniscus tears is less predictable.

Do all meniscus tears need surgery?

Meniscal tears often lead to pain and dysfunction associated with activity. Mechanical symptoms including locking or catching of the knee can significantly limit desired activity. The decision to perform surgery should not be based on the presence or absence of a tear, but should be based on the severity of symptoms and the level of dysfunction.

What is the success rate of arthroscopic knee surgery?

Arthroscopic meniscus surgery is generally associated with good outcomes and relief of pain. Surgery done for the right reasons results in very high rates of success and patient satisfaction.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

Recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery can range from two weeks to a few months. This is highly dependent on the type of meniscus surgery performed. Most commonly, part of the meniscus is removed; this is called a partial meniscectomy. Occasionally, depending on the tear pattern and type, a repair of the meniscus tear would be performed. This can lead to a longer recovery to allow for the meniscus to heal. Commonly, a period of physical therapy is prescribed following surgery.

Can I walk right after arthroscopic knee surgery?

After arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (taking out or cleaning up part of the torn meniscus), you are allowed to bear weight immediately following surgery. This limitation is based upon pain levels. With meniscus repair surgery, a period of non weight-bearing for six weeks might be necessary.

What happens if part of my meniscus is removed?

The meniscus functions as a shock absorber to protect the cartilage within your knee. If your meniscus is severely damaged or part of it is removed, this can increase the load placed on the cartilage.  Over time, this can lead to wear on the cartilage and development of osteoarthritis. This is why it is important to consider meniscal repair surgery in some patients and tear patterns.

How do I know what surgery is right for me?

Ultimately, the decision is up to your surgeon. Multiple factors go into determining if a partial meniscectomy or meniscus repair is right for you. These factors are type of meniscus tear, presence of arthritis or cartilage wear, age, and activity level. Oftentimes, we are not sure if a meniscus is repairable until time of surgery. Therefore, it is important to have a pre-surgical conversation with your surgeon regarding this possibility and the recovery associated.

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