If you experience joint pain and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, arthroscopic surgery can identify and fix the underlying cause. At Andrew D. Pearle, MD, board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Pearle and nurse practitioner Emma Jane Smith use arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat diseases, disorders, and injuries that affect the knees and shoulders. To make an appointment on the Upper East Side in New York City, or in White Plains, New York, call the nearest office or book online today.
Arthroscopic surgery is an outpatient procedure that uses an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a light and a high-definition camera on the end –– to diagnose an injured or diseased joint.
During arthroscopy, Dr. Pearle makes several small incisions above your joint. Then, he inserts the arthroscope through them. The arthroscope provides a real-time video feed that’s displayed on a TV monitor in the operating room. Dr. Pearle uses the feed to make repairs and/or develop a custom treatment plan.
Dr. Pearle uses arthroscopic surgery to treat various conditions, including:
He also uses arthroscopic surgery to identify the cause of certain symptoms, like joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Dr. Pearle performs arthroscopic surgery at a hospital or surgical facility. The procedure is minimally invasive, but you’re still under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
Once you fall asleep, Dr. Pearle inserts an arthroscope. He views a TV monitor in the operating room to determine the source of your symptoms.
After making a diagnosis, he makes several small incisions near your joint. Then, he inserts special tools and makes the necessary repairs. After he’s finished, Dr. Pearle removes the tools, closes the incisions, and moves you to a recovery room for observation.
Arthroscopic surgery is safe and usually well-tolerated, but like any operation, there are risks. Follow Dr. Pearle’s instructions carefully and take any medication as prescribed. Doing so can significantly reduce the risk of swelling, bleeding, or damage to your blood vessels and nerves.
After arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Pearle cleans and bandages your incisions and provides care instructions. In the days following your procedure, you might experience pain and swelling. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and don’t rush into physical activity.
As your joint begins healing, it’s important to enroll in physical therapy. Physical therapy teaches you stretches and exercises to build strength and encourage mobility.
To learn more about the benefits of arthroscopic surgery, make an appointment at the practice of Andrew D. Pearle, MD, by calling the nearest office or booking online today.