Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery Produces Powerful Results
Diagnosing and repairing a damaged joint can be tricky – that is, unless your doctors have the latest tools to navigate the layers of tissues intricately held together with tendons and ligaments.
Virtua’s highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons specializes in minimally invasive techniques that can treat your joint problems with the shortest recovery time possible.
Arthroscopic surgery allows doctors to take a closer look at your joints and, if required, perform a surgical fix without opening up your body any more than is absolutely necessary. Most commonly performed on the knee, shoulder, elbow, or wrist, this type of procedure involves using tiny incisions to insert an arthroscope—a sophisticated tool that contains a tiny tube, a lens, and a light source—into your joint to look for and repair damage.
Advantages of arthroscopic surgery include:
- Most procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, with no overnight stay in the hospital
- Less anesthesia
- Reduced scarring
- Faster recovery
In some cases, your surgeon may be able to perform your procedure through only one incision. With single-port arthroscopy, the camera and surgical instruments are inserted through one tube. Patients who undergo single-port arthroscopy experience less pain and swelling, and often are able to walk the same day as their surgery.
Cartilage Transplants Ease Joint Pain
Joint pain is often due to damage to the cartilage that cushions your knees, hips, and shoulders. Cartilage transplants, performed arthroscopically in as little as 30 minutes, can reduce pain and possibly put off the need for a knee, hip, or shoulder replacement. Ask you orthopedic surgeon if you are a candidate.
Pinpoint Your Pain at the Doctor’s Office
Our orthopedic surgeons are pioneers in the use of mi-eye, an innovative device that uses a needle with an integrated camera and light source to perform a diagnostic arthroscopy in the doctor’s office. You and your doctor can learn the cause of your cause of orthopedic pain immediately, rather than having to wait for the results of an MRI, and set a course of treatment.
Get Back in the Game
In addition to arthroscopic surgery, Virtua's Sports Medicine Program offers comprehensive services for injury prevention, education, evaluation and advanced treatment of movement-related pain or injuries.
To consult with a Virtua orthopedic surgeon, call 888-847-8823.