Shoulder And Knee Arthroscopy Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are top-rated providers of minimally-invasive orthopaedics procedures, including shoulder and knee arthroscopy for patients in and around North Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock, TX.

Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive technique used to evaluate the inside of a joint or to treat joint diseases and injuries through use of a special instrument called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is a thin, flexible device with a tiny camera at one end. After inserting the arthroscope through a small incision near your joint, the instrument takes videos of the joint and sends the images to a monitor for evaluation. The arthroscope is also designed to facilitate many types of procedures, and the smaller incision size is associated with faster recovery compared to traditional surgical techniques.

What happens during an arthroscopic procedure?

Depending on the type of procedure that's being performed, you may receive a local anesthetic, sedation or general anesthesia prior to the procedure. A small incision will be made near the joint and the arthroscope will be advanced through the incision. Once it reaches the joint, a small amount of air may be used to help gently expand the joint so it can be better visualized and accessed. If a surgical procedure is being performed, additional small incisions will be made near the joint to enable special instruments to be inserted. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be closed and you'll be taken to a recovery area to rest and for observation. Most arthroscopic surgeries enable you to return home the same day.

When is arthroscopy used?

Arthroscopy can be used for many disorders of the knee and shoulder, including:

  • fracture repair

  • full or partial joint repair

  • treatment and repair of chronic and acute dislocations

  • repair of torn tendons and ligaments, including ACL repair

  • rotator cuff repair

  • nerve release and correction of impingements

  • infection and inflammation of the joint

  • cartilage repair

  • removal of bone spurs and scar tissue

Plus, arthroscopy can be used to evaluate a joint and determine the cause of symptoms like pain and decreased range of motion.

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