Minimally Invasive Procedures
Arthroscopy in North Dakota
These days, minimally invasive surgical techniques such as arthroscopy have come to be the preferred approach by patients and doctors alike.
Nicknamed “keyhole surgery,” arthroscopy involves making a much smaller incision than is typical in traditional, open surgery, as well as an effort to preserve (not cut through) as much healthy tissue around the joint as possible.
This means less pain, scarring, and a faster recovery period for patients.
Specialized equipment used in arthroscopy allows your surgeon to look inside the joint. Miniature surgical tools are passed through this device, called an arthroscope, to repair or replace damaged bone or cartilage.
Arthroscopy is used to treat many common knee, shoulder, and other joint problems, including ACL reconstruction and in some cases, rotator cuff repairs. It is most often performed as an outpatient procedure. Ask your doctor if your orthopedic condition can be treated with a minimally invasive approach.