An arthroscopy, or “keyhole surgery,” is a minimally invasive operation using an arthroscope (joint-specific instrument) that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. It can be used to either diagnose or treat a joint problem. This procedure is most often used to diagnose a problem when x-rays are not providing sufficient information for diagnosis, as it involves a small fiber optic camera.

Minimally invasive surgery keeps surgical pain at a minimum and allows for a quicker recovery, returning you to your busy and active lifestyle more quickly. And by keeping incisions small, your surrounding tissues and structures are protected from disturbance while you receive treatment on a small area of the body.

How Is Arthroscopy Used?

An arthroscopy is most often used to identify issues in the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, wrist, and ankle joints and can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Loose bone fragments
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Inflamed joint linings
  • Torn ligaments
  • Scarring within the joints

Dr. Michael Higgins has extensive training in both orthopaedic surgery and spinal surgery, and he utilizes the best technologies and therapies to get you back to an active lifestyle in no time. His 25 years of experience have shown him which methods work long term, and his dedication to keeping up with the latest in patient care has made him an expert in developing treatment plans that work.

Make an Appointment Today

You deserve to feel your best. Contact us today at 352-688-6035 to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery can help you begin your journey toward recovery.

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