Arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose and treat many different joint conditions. This surgical procedure involves making a few very small incisions at the affected joint and inserting an arthroscope, which is a small tube with a camera and a light attached. This camera enables an orthopaedic surgeon to view the inside of the joint, identify areas that have become damaged, and provide treatment depending on the extent of joint damage. Dr. Richard Gray, M.D., of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is proud to offer this treatment option for individuals with joint pain.
Because arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and involves only small incisions to view and repair a damaged joint, patients benefit from the fact that this procedure spares surrounding muscle and typically has a shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery. Dr. Gray performs arthroscopic surgery on the following joints:
- Wrists, to treat ligament tears, triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears, and recurring or chronic wrist pain
- Elbows, to remove loose fragments (cartilage or bone) in the joint and treat elbow stiffness
- Shoulders, to treat rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability (shoulders that easily become dislocated), impingement syndrome, and arthritis and bone spurs that cause joint pain
- Knees, to remove inflamed or loose tissue, repair a torn meniscus, reconstruct a torn ACL, and realign a kneecap
- Ankles, to treat arthritis and bone spurs that cause joint pain as well as loose cartilage, bone, or other tissue
If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, a ligament or tendon injury, or any other condition that is causing joint pain in these areas, you may benefit from consulting with an orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Gray takes a personal approach to patient care, helping his patients find the treatment options that best suit their needs, whether it involves arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacement, or another form of treatment.
Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray and to learn more about how arthroscopic surgery can treat arthritis and other conditions that cause joint pain.
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