If joint pain is disrupting your life, but you don’t want the long recovery time of traditional surgery, arthroscopic surgery may be right for you. Deepan Patel, MD, offers this innovative, minimally invasive procedure at his Jersey City and Glen Rock, New Jersey, surgical practices. Arthroscopic surgery requires little recovery time and allows Dr. Patel to repair or reconstruct joints that are being adversely affected due to arthritis or trauma. To find out if arthroscopic surgery is the best option for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique Dr. Patel uses to diagnose and treat joint injuries and disease.
As a diagnostic tool, Dr. Patel inserts a small instrument through a tiny incision into the area of your body being treated. The instrument contains a camera and lighting system that shows the structure of your joint on an external monitor. Dr. Patel can guide the instrument into different areas to get a closeup look at your joint structure and determine the severity of injury or disease.
As a surgical procedure, Dr. Patel uses the magnified images to repair or reconstruct the damaged joint to alleviate pain and prevent injuries from getting worse.
Dr. Patel may recommend arthroscopic surgery to diagnose or treat a number of conditions, including:
Using arthroscopic surgical techniques, Dr. Patel can repair torn cartilage, remove inflamed joint tissue, and reconstruct ligaments in your knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, and wrist.
Depending on the area being treated, Dr. Patel may perform arthroscopic surgery under local or general anesthesia to prevent discomfort. He makes a small incision over the treatment area and inserts the arthroscope, a slender instrument with an attached camera. Images of your internal structures are then shown on an external monitor Dr. Patel uses during surgery.
The procedure time varies based on the extent of your injury, and Dr. Patel discusses how long the surgery will take during your consultation.
Following your surgery, Dr. Patel covers your incision with a clean dressing and you recover for about 60 minutes before going home. If you’re feeling discomfort in the surgical area, Dr. Patel may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.
It’s important that you treat your incision carefully once you’re at home. Arthroscopic surgery takes less recovery time than conventional surgery, but Dr. Patel still provides after-care information and may limit your activities for a period of time to let your body heal.
Dr. Patel schedules a follow-up visit to assess your incision. He may also start you on physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and improve joint flexibility in the treatment area.
To learn more, schedule an arthroscopic consultation online or by phone today.