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Who Can Benefit From Arthroscopy Surgery?

By: USMD Team

12/31/2023

Many Americans experience joint issues due to overuse, trauma, or degenerative conditions like arthritis. Although over-the-counter medications relieve pain temporarily, patients in Arlington, TX, should get an accurate diagnosis and work on a long-term treatment plan for lasting results.

Arthroscopy surgery allows the professionals at USMD Hospital at Arlington to diagnose and treat joint problems that impact your day-to-day life. Our skilled surgeons improve mobility for people all across North Texas. Call now to book a consultation and see if arthroscopy can help meet your needs. We know what it takes to get you back in fighting shape.

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a medical procedure involving an arthroscope — a small camera inserted into a joint through a small incision — allowing the surgeon to see, diagnose, and treat various joint issues. The camera provides a clear view of the inside of the joint on a monitor. This minimally invasive surgery reduces the need for larger incisions, resulting in less pain and scarring, faster recovery times, and fewer risks.

Who can benefit from arthroscopy surgery?

Arthroscopy is versatile and can be used to treat joint pain throughout the body, including the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankle. It is an excellent option for patients who have not found relief through nonsurgical treatments like medications or those who cannot undergo traditional open surgery due to health concerns.

Athletes, both amateur and professional, are prime candidates for arthroscopy as it allows them to resume their sports sooner. However, almost anyone throughout the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) metroplex who experiences joint pain or mobility problems can have minimally invasive surgery.

What conditions can arthroscopy treat?

Arthroscopy can be used to address the following in Arlington, TX:

  • Knee pain, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and meniscal tears
  • Torn ligaments, cartilage, and tendons
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

What happens during an arthroscopy consultation?

During an arthroscopy consultation, your surgeon at USMD Hospital at Arlington will review your medical history and perform an exam to determine your candidacy. They may also order imaging tests to get a better understanding of your joint pain. These tests allow us to develop a custom treatment plan.

Candidates for arthroscopy usually undergo the procedure as an outpatient, meaning they do not have to stay overnight in the hospital. This allows for a quicker recovery and less disruption to daily life.

When will I know the results of my arthroscopy?

The recovery time for arthroscopy is usually shorter than traditional open surgery, but it depends on the severity of your condition and the type of procedure performed. We can provide specific recovery instructions and an estimated timeline for returning to daily activities. Our team will also plan follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns.

Arthroscopy surgery has a high success rate, with most people experiencing significant relief and improved function. Those who have undergone arthroscopy find that they can return to their regular activities virtually pain-free and with better mobility.

Get minimally invasive surgery for joint pain

When you come to USMD Hospital at Arlington for joint pain, you can trust that we will provide top-notch care. Our surgeons use top techniques and technology to diagnose and treat joint issues. Contact us today to schedule your consultation in Arlington, TX, and learn how arthroscopy can help you get back to doing what you love without pain or discomfort.

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