Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Minimally invasive surgical techniques like arthroscopic surgery for joints have many advantages for the patient over open surgery. If you need joint surgery, the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, has considerable expertise in arthroscopic techniques, including joint replacement. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, uses to diagnose and treat joint conditions.

Your surgeon makes a small incision at the treatment site, just big enough for the arthroscope to pass through. An arthroscope is a flexible instrument that’s fitted with a light, a magnifying lens, and a tiny camera. The camera sends back images of the interior of your joint to a screen in the treatment room.

These clear pictures enable your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, surgeon to positively identify what’s causing your symptoms. They can often treat the problem during your arthroscopy, as well.

When would I need arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery could be required as part of the diagnostic process when investigating the cause of your joint pain. The process begins with your provider examining your joints and discussing your symptoms.

Your provider’s considerable experience and expertise gives them a good idea what’s causing your symptoms. They might request imaging tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan as well. If this is the case, Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities on-site for your convenience.

At this stage, your provider might need to see inside the joint, and arthroscopic surgery is the best way of achieving this. It could be that they need to get a clearer picture of the extent of any damage so they can make a more accurate diagnosis and form a more effective treatment plan.

In many cases, your provider can carry out corrective surgery during your arthroscopy. For example, they could trim a torn meniscus in your knee or remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage from a joint during your arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery is sometimes used in combination with standard surgery to perform certain procedures like repairing tendons or reconstructing ligaments.

What are the advantages of arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery has advantages over open surgery that include:

  • Much smaller incisions 
  • Greatly reduced pain
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Much smaller scars
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less chance of infection

Most arthroscopic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis, so you’re able to return home the same day.

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, also has its own physical therapy facility on site. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process following arthroscopic procedures like tendon and ligament repair.

If you’re experiencing joint pain and stiffness, arthroscopic surgery could provide valuable diagnostic information as well as enable minimally invasive treatment at the same time. Call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.