Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine and often treat damaged joints. The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up. This article from KRAMES staywell (http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Conditions/Hip/85,P00903) tells us the joints most frequently examined by arthroscopy, what arthroscopic surgery entails and conditions commonly associated with arthroscopy.
Joints frequently examined –
What does arthroscopic surgery commonly entail –
- General, local, or spinal anesthetic is dispensed
- Small incision is made in the patient’s skin
- Arthroscope (Small tube that consists of lenses, video, and light) is inserted through the incision
- Other incisions may be made to introduce other small grasping, probing, or cutting tools
- Corrective surgery, if required, may be executed during the initial diagnostic procedure
- Bandages or dressings may be applied to the postoperative area
Conditions most commonly found with arthroscopy
- Inflammation in the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist or ankle
- Injuries – Rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, frequent dislocations in the shoulder, cartilage tears, wearing or injury of cartilage cushions, and ligament tears with instability in the knee
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist
- Pieces of loose bone or cartilage (commonly found in the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, or wrist)
The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up. Only two small incisions are made – one for the arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to be used in the knee cavity. Having arthroscopic surgery significantly reduces recovery time and less scarring occurs than with a typical open surgery. In most cases arthroscopic procedures can be done on an outpatient basis.
At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we recognize that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in activities you love. If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our team of joint replacement specialists can help by replacing all or part of your problem joint. Please contact a joint specialist today @ 540.347.9220 or visit www.broava.com for more information.
The physicians and staff members of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center would like to thank not only “Big Red” (Bill Walton) but also colleagues and new friends met at our open house event to celebrate the opening of our new Gainesville location last evening.
Bill Walton gave an amazing presentation and you can certainly understand how Bill (who has lived with debilitating back and leg pain) has gotten himself back into the game of life after undergoing the minimally disruptive XLIF procedure. Visit http://www.nuvasive.com/about-us/our-story/ for more information on the XLIF procedure. Jeffrey Wise, MD and Charles Seal, MD of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center currently perform the XLIF procedure and consistently deliver top notch results. If you are considering surgery please speak with your doctor about the XLIF procedure and the exciting innovation of MIS (minimally invasive surgery.) Learn more and speak to other patients who have undergone the XLIF procedure @ http://www.thebetterwayback.org/.
Bill Walton Need to Know Essentials
William Theodore “Bill” Walton III, was born November 5th, 1952 and is a retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Did you know he was referred to as “The Big Red Head” and achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden’s powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early 70’s, and then furthered his career with the NBA (National Basketball Association) and the Portland Trailblazers causing “Blazermania” for the city of Portland? Another fun fact on Bill Walton – His listed adult playing height was 6 feet 11 inches; it has been reported that Walton was actually taller (7 feet 2 inches, or more), but did not like being categorized as a seven-footer! For more information on Bill Walton visit http://www.nba.com/history/players/walton_bio.html.
Mark the Calendar! You’re Invited!
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center team for a celebration commemorating the grand opening of our Gainesville location. Festivities will include meet & greet/autograph signing with Bill Walton, delicious food, refreshments, and great giveaways including chances to win an autographed basketball with accolades of Bill Walton’s legendary career. Most importantly, Bill Walton will give a discussion about treatment options for back and leg pain. Hear Bill’s story of living with debilitating back pain and learn how he got back into the game of life! Visit www.Broava.com/BillWalton for more details.
Blue Ridge Open House Event Time and Location
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center
14370 Lee Highway, Suite 102
Gainesville, VA 20155
The countdown is on…Only 6 more days and you’re invited! Join Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6pm-8pm, for The Grand Opening Commencement of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Centers Gainesville, VA location. Meet the legendary Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton and learn how he got back into the game of life! Stay tuned with Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center for more details. www.Broava.com/BillWalton
Poor posture, trauma, improper lifting, and aging – all of these factors can injure your spine and cause pain. Whether caused by injury or the normal wear and tear of time, spine-related ailments require the best care available.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center’s board certified physicians have extensive experience treating nearly every kind of condition, including spinal trauma of the neck and back, tumors and infections, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and adult degenerative conditions of the neck and back.
Blue Ridge Orhopaedic & Spine Center offers a range of non-operative treatments as well as minimally invasive treatments –
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Management
- Sympathetic Block Procedures
- Interspinous Process decompression (X-STOP, ILIF)
- Limited Approach Discectomy
- Spinal Stenosis Surgery
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
- Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
- Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF, TLIF,XLIF)
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers the best comprehensive musculoskeletal care available for a wide variety of spine-related ailments. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists or simply for more information please call (540) 347-9220. Visit www.broava.com to learn more about the services we offer.
Our Goal – Get YOU Back to GOOD Health