Arthroscopic surgery causes less trauma than open surgery, minimizes scarring, and allows for quicker recovery, making it the preferred procedure when your joints require surgical repair. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists specialize in arthroscopic surgery, so you can count on their extensive experience to provide optimal repair of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. To learn more about arthroscopic surgery, call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your joints. It’s performed using a pencil-thin arthroscope that your doctor inserts into the joint through a small incision.
The arthroscope contains a fiber-optic light, a small lens, and a video camera that transmits the image to a large monitor. During a diagnostic procedure, your doctor at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can visually examine tissues inside the joint using the close-up and magnified view provided by the arthroscope.
If you need surgical repair of joint tissues, your doctor makes a few additional small incisions to accommodate arthroscopic instruments. These specialized surgical tools are thin enough to go through tiny incisions, yet they can grasp, cut, probe, and perform every type of procedure, from a biopsy to repair of torn tissues.
Your doctor at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists may recommend arthroscopy to diagnose and treat joint problems such as:
The types of arthroscopy frequently performed by the physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists include:
Rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization to tighten and repair muscles are two common arthroscopic surgeries performed on the shoulder.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) stabilize your knee. They’re also frequently torn, requiring ACL or PCL reconstruction. Meniscus repair or meniscectomy (removal of damaged meniscus) is also commonly performed to restore the cartilage that cushions your knee from your leg bones.
Your doctor uses wrist arthroscopy to perform a carpal tunnel release and for triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) repair. The TFCC, which cushions your wrist, can be torn when you fall on an outstretched hand.
A twisted ankle that tears the supporting ligaments is one of the most common ankle injuries. Because of this, the Barrington Orthopedic physicians frequently perform ankle ligament reconstruction.
Your doctor may recommend elbow arthroscopy when you have a painful condition that doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatment or to perform elbow cartilage defect repair.
If you have joint pain or a previous injury that left your joints unstable or weak, call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists.