If joint pain from a recent injury or chronic condition is causing pain and limiting your movement, arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic surgery) may be helpful in treating your joint problem.
Doctors at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals perform arthroscopy on many different joints, including the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankle. If less invasive treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, rest, or anti-inflammatory injections haven’t reduced your symptoms, you may need minimally invasive arthroscopy.
The goals of arthroscopy are to relieve pain, increase mobility, and enable you to return to everyday activities with less discomfort. If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, you may benefit from arthroscopy:
- Loose cartilage or bone fragments
- Complications from health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Joint swelling
- Scarring from joint surgery
- Joint infection
- Loss of flexibility or movement
- Tears and other types of damage to your tendons, ligaments, and cartilage
- Joint pain
The orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offer many types of arthroscopic surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, including surgery for the shoulder and more. To schedule a consultation, find an orthopedic surgeon online or call (702) 616-4900.
Your Arthroscopic Procedure at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
During your arthroscopy, your surgeon will insert a tube-shaped instrument with a small camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision and into the joint. The camera sends live video images of the inside of your joint to a screen, allowing the surgeon to see the surgical area. Depending on your joint problem, surgery may be performed.
Arthroscopy can last from 30 minutes to two hours. You may need to stay at the hospital for a few hours after the procedure to recover.
Recovery from Arthroscopy
Your recovery time will depend on your overall health, your joint, and the extent of your treatment. It may take one to two weeks or several months to fully recover. Your doctor will discuss ways to help you recover, including rest, assistive healing devices such as a crutch or sling, and physical therapy.
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Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides expertise in minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedures in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.