Dr. Barry Waldman M.D., FAAOS Johns Hopkins Medical School Sinai Hospital 410.377.8900
One of the greatest advances in surgical science is the use of the arthroscope in surgery. Arthroscopes are essentially high resolution cameras that allow surgeons to explore a joint to look for and then repair problems. Arthroscopes are used to diagnose and repair problems with the knees. When repairs are necessary additional small incisions will be made--the tools needed to make the repairs will go through the additional incisions, and the arthroscope will guide the work.
What are the advantages?
In short, the use of an arthroscope means that full incisions are often not necessary, and therefore recovery times and hospital stays are shortened. Because of smaller incisions, we can often use localized anesthetics, which also helps patients recover faster. Typically the incisions can be closed with staples or steristrips (small band-aid like strips).
Outcomes of arthroscopic surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is tried and tested. Dr. Waldman has been very successful in achieving outstanding results through arthroscopy, and when compared to traditional full-incision surgery, the risks to the patient are smaller. Surgeries that can typically be performed on the knee with arthroscopy include:
If you are having issues with your knee or knees, contact Dr. Waldman. He has been performing arthroscopic surgeries for many years. Dr. Waldman's experience means that you will receive the best care with the benefit of his vast knowledge of knee surgery.