What is Arthroscopic Surgery all about?
An arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive form of surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope to identify the injury or damage to the joints in the human body and is sometimes used to repair this damage through the least number of small incisions than required in the conventional open type of surgery. There is a distinctive advantage of arthroscopic method of surgery over the conventional open-type surgery that the lesser number of incisions and the smaller size of incisions render arthroscopic surgery less painful and the recovery rate is also faster. Arthroscopic surgery uses a small tube-like device that has a mini camera attached to its end to view and diagnose the damage or disorder to the joint. The doctor uses tiny surgical instruments attached to the arthroscope to perform the necessary repair and corrective surgical procedure. This arthroscope is inserted in the joint through very small (4mm) ‘keyhole’ incisions that are advantageous as they cause considerably less pain and also tend to heal faster.
What are the different types of Arthroscopic Surgeries used for?
Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a number of injuries as well as to repair damage caused in the joints, such as knee, hip, shoulder, wrist and spine.
Arthroscopic surgery on the knee joint is commonly performed to treat meniscus injury, reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament as well as repair micro-fractures of the cartilage in the knee. For an arthroscopic surgery of the knee a tiny camera is inserted through a small (4 mm) incision into the knee joint to diagnose the extent of the damage caused and other micro surgical instruments attached to the arthroscope are inserted from similar tiny incisions to repair the damage.
Arthroscopy of the hip is used to treat a number of painful conditions in or outside the hip such as labral tears, debridement (removal of foreign objects), biopsy, cartilage lesions, ligament repair, trochanteric pain syndrome, osteoarthritis
, sciatic nerve compression and direct assessment of hip replacement among others. [free_quotes_and_consultation]
Arthroscopic surgery is used to treat a number of shoulder disorders such as rotator cuff
tears, frozen shoulder
, chronic tendonitis, acromioclavicular osteoarthritis, debridement from the shoulder joint and long bicep tendon as well to repair shoulder instability.
Arthroscopic surgery in the wrist is used to diagnose and treat repetitive strain damage, wrist fracture as well as torn ligament.
Arthroscopic (endoscopic) surgery is useful in accessing and treating various conditions without the risk of damage to the surrounding tissues and nerves. The spinal conditions that are successfully treated by arthroscopic surgery are degenerative discs, spinal deformity, general spine injuries and tumors of the spine.
Are there any risks or complications related to Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgical procedures may give rise to complications but only in very rare cases. Some of the rare risks and complications that are caused due to arthroscopic surgery are:
- Blood clots
- Swelling or inflammation
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
Why choose to get Arthroscopic Surgery in India?
The vast network of hospitals and clinics in India makes it one of the most advanced in medical science and these hospitals and clinic adhere to the global standards for maintaining quality treatment methods. Apart from this the doctors and surgeons in India are vastly experienced to handle complex arthroscopic cases and are well-adept in successful procedures. This global standard treatment by immensely experienced surgeons and doctors comes at a very low cost as compared to other countries. The thousands of foreign patients who visit India every year through the co-ordination of Travcure Medical Tourism Consultants are proof that the arthroscopic treatment in India is one of the best and also one of the lowest priced in the world.