Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy Specialist
Arthroscopy is a wonderful diagnostic and treatment tool for joint problems and Dr. William Burns of Craig Ranch Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Frisco, Texas, is equipped with the latest technology in arthroscopy to provide long-lasting and effective solutions for your joint ailments. With considerable experience diagnosing and treating knee and shoulder injuries, Dr. Burns has had great success using arthroscopy in his practice.

Arthroscopy Q&A

by Dr. William C. Burns II

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a procedure using fiber-optic video for diagnosing and treating joint problems. First, a small incision (from a half inch to an inch) is made and a tube is inserted into the incision. A tiny camera then is snaked through the tube, allowing the doctor to see inside the joint and assess the damage, which is shown on a high-definition screen. When possible, Dr. Burns makes further incisions to repair the damage on the spot with small instruments designed for minimal invasion to the area.

Arthroscopy is very useful when physical examination and test findings from X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are inconclusive because it provides an up-close look inside the joint.

What joints is arthroscopy used for?

Minimally invasive arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat joint problems in the following areas:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Hips


Dr. Burns has extensive experience in the use of arthroscopy as a diagnostic and treatment tool, especially in the knees and shoulders, and has achieved great and lasting success with patients who are plagued by joint pain.

What are arthroscopic procedures?

After the doctor assesses the area and finds the root problem for the joint pain, there are many conditions he can tackle using the same arthroscopic procedure, such as:

  • Damaged or torn ligaments
  • Bone fragments
  • Damaged or torn cartilage
  • Inflamed joints
  • Joint scarring
  • Infections in the joints


This less invasive surgical procedure can successfully treat myriad joint issues with minimal downtime, allowing you to return to your normal activities as quickly as possible.

What are the risks of arthroscopy?

The risks associated with arthroscopic procedures are minimal and complications are uncommon. Since the goal of arthroscopy is to be as minimally invasive as possible, with very small incisions, the risks associated with more “open” surgery are minimized.

When complications do arise, generally they are:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Tissue damage


Dr. Burns’s experience and qualifications in arthroscopic procedures should help put your mind at ease when it comes to having arthroscopic procedures done, knowing that he takes every care to ensure a successful outcome.

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