What Is Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small, pencil size camera to examine and treat injuries in the knee, hip, and shoulder — including tears or ruptures of the meniscus, articular cartilage, ACL, labrum, or rotator cuff. After the camera is inserted, several half-inch incisions are made to access the joint and treat such conditions appropriately.
Arthroscopic Surgery at Atlantic Orthopaedics
At Atlantic Orthopaedics, our arthroscopic surgeons lead the Seacoast in treating active individuals and athletes at every level — offering three (3) types of arthroscopic surgery:
Whether you have an acute sports injury or degeneration in your joints, we are dedicated to your care and recovery as it relates to your unique lifestyle and ambitions. Our goal is to restore your quality of life, for good.
Arthroscopic Surgery Benefits
The benefits of arthroscopic surgery include: Smaller incisions, less scarring, decreased pain, decreased joint stiffness, and shorter recovery periods.
Arthroscopic surgery is most common among athletes to treat injuries sustained in sport, but the service is available to any individual who fits the surgical criteria. If you have not found relief through non-operative treatments like rest, anti-inflammatories, or injections, you may be a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.
Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery Time
Typically, our patients are sent home within a few hours after surgery. Incisions tend to heal within several days, and most patients can return to work or school within a week. Competitive athletes, depending on their sport, may require a more extensive recovery. Whether you are an athlete or not, we typically will refer you to Physical Therapy to restore joint function, regain strength, and protect against re-injury.
Is arthroscopic surgery right for you? Please reach out if you want to schedule a consultation to discuss your pain or candidacy for arthroscopic surgery with our Sports Medicine and arthroscopic surgery teams, or if you have general questions about our Services or Specialties. Our staff is happy to help.
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Learn what conditions, symptoms, and injuries are often treated with arthroscopic surgery, and what type of arthroscopic surgery we offer at Atlantic Orthopaedics.
Our Sports Medicine providers and orthopedic surgeons perform arthroscopic knee, hip, and shoulder surgery when symptoms of pain that are caused by acute or degenerative joint conditions and injuries are not responding to nonsurgical intervention and treatments. Below are common examples of symptoms, conditions, or injuries that may lead a provider to recommend arthroscopic surgery.
Loss of motion
Feel your knee, hip, or shoulder “give out”
Feel the need to limp
Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
Dislocation of the shoulder
Dislocation of the hip
Dislocation of the knee
Please reach out if you have questions, want to schedule a consultation to discuss your pain and arthroscopic surgery, or if you need help evaluating your pain but you did not see your condition listed above. Our staff is happy to help.
We offer three (3) types of arthroscopic surgery at Atlantic Orthopaedics.
All athletes and individuals must meet our surgical screening requirements to be considered qualified candidates for arthroscopic surgery. This screening process may include multiple appointments with providers as well as imaging and re-imaging, such as Ultrasound, X-Ray, or MRI to accurately diagnose and treat your condition or injury.
Contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your pain and candidacy for arthroscopic surgery.
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Our team of Sports Medicine providers and Arthroscopic Surgeons are leaders in treating active individuals and athletes at every level throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast, Southern Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts. We are dedicated to your care and recovery. Get to know us.