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Are you experiencing chronic knee or hip pain? See what factors may play a role in your joint pain

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What are my minimally invasive options ?

If you lead an active lifestyle, play a sport regularly, or go brisk walking or running a few times a week, then you are doing wonders for your overall health. However, the downside is that physical activity can take its toll on your body. No matter how careful you are to stretch, eat well, and take care of yourself, most people cannot avoid injury forever.

If the pain in your joints has hindered you from pursuing your daily passions or you have recently sustained an injury to your joints, it may be time to consider joint care surgery. Your care team will most likely recommend an arthroscopy, also known as scoping, a common, minimally invasive orthopedic procedure used to treat a number of joint injuries. You may be nervous about the idea of surgery, but know that our surgeons are compassionate and have performed complex surgeries for a wide range of cases.

Arthroscopy

During an arthroscopy (or scoping), your surgeon will look at your joints and make repairs if necessary. Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to address problems with the knees, shoulders, or hips. During the surgery, your doctor will use tiny instruments to make small incisions and a tiny, fiber-optic camera to examine your joints.

Doctors recommend scoping for a variety of reasons, including:

  • injury of a joint during a sports activity
  • joint pain that is unresponsive to rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication
  • torn ligaments or cartilage
  • cysts in or near a joint
  • joint examination

The procedure

To scope your joint, your doctor will make two or more small incisions and insert a flexible wand containing the camera to identify the issue with your joint. The camera will project images on a monitor for your surgeon to look at.

If scoping reveals an issue that can be fixed right away, such as torn cartilage that needs to be removed from your knee, your doctor will insert small instruments through the other incision to perform these repairs.

You will most likely receive general anesthesia before the procedure, so you will be unconscious during scoping. Alternatively, your anesthesiologist may recommend local anesthesia (numbing medication injected near the joint) or spinal anesthesia (to numb a large area of your body).

As arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, most people go back home on the same day.

Scoping offers many advantages over open surgery. Because scoping only involves a few small incisions, you may experience less pain during recovery and will most likely be discharged on the same day.

As with any type of surgical procedure, scoping has its risks. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), arthroscopy risks include:

  • bleeding into the joint
  • blood clot development
  • damage to nearby tendons and ligaments
  • infection
  • joint stiffness

Do not be alarmed when doctors put arthroscopy on the table. Scoping is a safe and effective way to examine and treat common joint problems such as ligament or cartilage tears. The procedure is at the minor end of the spectrum when it comes to surgeries, so you can think of it as the best way for your care team to know what is going on with your joints and what is causing your pain.