If your orthopedic surgeon is unsure what is happening inside a joint, he or she may recommend an arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to get an internal view of a joint and remove damaged tissue as needed. The recovery is much faster than open orthopedic procedures, with most surgeries being performed on an outpatient basis. Here is a closer look at some of the reasons your Good Samaritan Hospital orthopedic surgeon may recommend an arthroscopy.
You Have Unexplained Joint Pain
If you are experiencing joint pain, particularly in your knee or hip, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy as a way to diagnose the cause of you discomfort. Using the small camera, your doctor is able to see inside the joint and detect any signs of illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or injury. Depending on the nature of the problem, your doctor may also be able to repair your joint during the same procedure, or he or she may use the information to develop a treatment plan.
You Have Torn Cartilage or Ligaments
Sometimes, an arthroscopy is not performed to diagnose a problem but instead specifically to treat it. Often, your doctor can determine if torn cartilage or ligaments are interfering with a joint without performing surgery, but using the small instruments attached to the arthroscope, your doctor can repair or remove damaged tissues as needed.
You Have Synovitis
Synovitis is the inflammation of the synovial membrane that surrounds joints. It is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis but can be associated with other types of arthritis as well. During an arthroscopy, your doctor can remove inflamed synovial tissue to decrease your pain.
At Good Samaritan Hospital , we provide a range of orthopedic procedures, including arthroscopy for painful joints. Our hospital in San Jose offers comprehensive care for the entire family, including emergency and cardiac care as well as labor and delivery. For additional information about our services, please call (888) 724-2362.