Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope (thin, flexible tube) to access your affected joints and project an image of them on large screen. This image guides your orthopaedic surgeon as he used specialized instruments through the arthroscope to repair any damage.
Recovery from arthroscopic surgery generally includes wearing a splint for a short time, followed by physical therapy. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the specific details of your recovery with you prior to your procedure.
Arthroscopic Surgery for Hands and Wrists–MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, we understand how difficult life can be when your hands or elbows feel weak and painful. Surgery can be an excellent option, but you need a team of orthopedic surgeons with experience and creativity to ensure a successful outcome.
The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Georgetown perform about 1,000 hand surgeries every year, including the most complex cases referred to us from around the region. All of our surgeons have specialized fellowship training in hand surgery and focus entirely on treating hand and upper extremity injuries. Our expertise in the most advanced surgical procedures like arthroscopy, allow us to think innovatively about ways to approach your surgery.
We also spend a great deal of time listening to your concerns and answering all of your questions. After making a thorough diagnosis, we will work together to develop a treatment plan that will effectively treat your condition and be appropriate for your daily life.
Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery
Recovery from arthroscopic surgery generally includes wearing a splint for a short time, followed by physical therapy. You begin with simple exercises and gradually build up to harder ones to develop strength and range of motion. We also recommend avoiding strenuous athletic activity for a few months after surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specific details of your recovery with you prior to your procedure.