Orthopedic surgeon Neil Mulchandani, MD, is fellowship-trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Mulchandani uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems, including meniscus tears, at City Orthopedics in Chinatown, New York City. For advanced expertise in arthroscopic surgery, call or book an appointment online today.
Arthroscopic surgery, also called arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive orthopedic procedure that allows the City Orthopedics team to visually examine, diagnose, and treat joint problems. Arthroscopy is considered minimally invasive because it only requires a small incision (about one centimeter).
During arthroscopic surgery, your City Orthopedics provider inserts a thin tube with a fiberoptic camera into your joint through a small incision. The camera projects high-definition, magnified images of the inside of your joint onto a monitor. This allows your surgeon to see parts of your joint that imaging tests don’t reveal.
If your City Orthopedics surgeon finds a problem during diagnostic arthroscopies, such as torn cartilage in your knee, they may treat it in the same procedure. They may make one to four more small incisions to insert pencil-sized surgical instruments, which they use to treat your condition.
The team at City Orthopedics always considers every available nonsurgical option before recommending arthroscopic surgery. But if you continue to suffer from joint pain and debilitating symptoms despite treatment, you may need arthroscopy.
The City Orthopedics team uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat a wide range of joint conditions, including:
Arthroscopy may also be necessary to diagnose your condition if an imaging test, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, isn’t possible.
Because arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, it involves less pain and faster recovery time than traditional, open surgical procedures. However, you should still plan some downtime for recovery.
The length of your recovery time depends on your specific type of surgery and the complexity of your condition. The team at City Orthopedics carefully explains your procedure and spends time answering any questions you may have.
After surgery, the team at City Orthopedics creates a personalized rehabilitation plan, including physical therapy, to help you return to normal activities as quickly as possible.
If you need arthroscopic surgery, call City Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.