Arthroscopic surgery is performed on many joints in the body, the most common are the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle and hip. A minimally invasive procedure, there is decreased trauma to the connective tissues when arthroscopic surgery is performed. Quicker recovery time benefits those with active lifestyles and athletes, who want to get back in the game with confidence.
Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery:
Increased success rateThe Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of four major ligaments in the knee, and one of the most important as it pertains to knee stability. It is very common for athletes and those with active lifestyles to injure the ACL. The knee joint is the meeting point of three bones: tibia (shin bone), femur (thigh bone), and patella (kneecap). Holding the knee joint together are four main ligaments:
When one or more of these ligaments is injured, the knee can buckle, or give way. Knee surgery is typically advised when the damage to the ligaments causes structural deficiency, resulting in decreased mobility because the knee fails to support the patient’s body. Previously, traditional surgeries were the only option to address knee ligament injuries. Those types of surgeries required large incisions that cut through all the layers of skin, tissue, and muscle so that there was room to perform the surgery through a direct opening. Recovery time is drastically reduced by minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery which reconstructs knee ligaments and repairs damage to the knee with just two or three small incisions. Common arthroscopic knee surgery procedures include:
Rehabilitation from an ACL tear could last many months. Patients are given a rehabilitation and physical therapy program designed to progress them gradually back to full health, depending on whether or not they have had surgery. Twin Palm Orthopedics has a state of the art physical therapy facility on site, allowing the team to monitor the patient’s recovery post-operatively and ensure treatment is geared towards optimal function.