Arthroscopic surgery and Ligament Reconstruction
Arthroscopic surgery and ligament reconstruction are orthopedic procedures commonly used to treat various joint conditions, particularly in the knee and shoulder. Let’s explore these procedures:
Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves using a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, to visualize and treat problems inside a joint.
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Other Joints
Ligament reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged or torn ligament with a graft, typically harvested from the patient’s own body (autograft) or a donor (allograft).
- ACL Reconstruction
- PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Reconstruction
- LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) and MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) Reconstruction
- Rotator Cuff Reconstruction
What is an Arthroscopic Replacement?
What are the advantages of arthroscopic surgery?
Advantages include smaller incisions, reduced tissue damage, quicker recovery, and less postoperative pain compared to traditional open surgery.
What joints can be treated with arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is commonly performed on the knee and shoulder, but it can also be used for other joints such as the hip, ankle, elbow, and wrist.
How is ligament reconstruction performed?
The damaged ligament is removed, and a graft is used to reconstruct the ligament. Common graft sources include the patellar tendon, hamstring tendon, or quadriceps tendon.
Can ligament reconstruction be performed arthroscopically?
Yes, ligament reconstruction is often performed arthroscopically, allowing for smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and faster recovery compared to traditional open procedures.
What You Need to Know Before Your Appointment
It’s best to be prepared when coming in for your appointment and therefore we recommend bringing the following when you visit us
All Previous Investigations
This includes any X-rays, MRI, CT Scans and their reports, new as well as old
List of Your Medications
A well formed list of medications will help us decide which medications will not react with others you might be taking
Previous Surgery Documents
If you have undergone a surgery before, any documents pertaining to that time will be helpful in understand what was done at that time