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