Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Techniques:
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique where small incisions are made at the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, or ankle. One incision is made for the arthroscope (a camera smaller than the size of a pencil) that allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the joint. One or more other small incisions give the surgeon access for the the surgical instruments. When compared with the traditional open surgical techniques, this involves less trauma to the soft tissues and muscle and therefore allows for a quicker, less painful recovery. This generally allows for surgeries to be performed electively and patients are able to return home the same day as surgery.