Dilhan Abeyewardene, MD
Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon located in North Palm Beach, FL
Medical technology is continually developing, leading to new and better ways of carrying out surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach to joint surgery utilizing a small camera and instruments inserted into a joint with small incisions allowing Dr. Dilhan to accurately diagnose and treat different problems while minimizing incision size and trauma. Call Dr. Dilhan today to find out more, or book an appointment using the online tool.
Arthroscopy Q & A
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a technique that uses minimally invasive surgical technology to view the inside of your joints. Arthroscopy is used both for diagnosing and treating joint conditions.
Initially, using arthroscopy gave surgeons a clear idea of the degree of damage or deterioration in a joint before they undertook open surgery.
However, modern digital technologies and advances in miniaturization mean Dr. Dilhan can carry out repairs to joints using arthroscopy as well as diagnosing the cause of your joint pain.
An arthroscope is an endoscopic instrument that has a light and a tiny camera. It’s small enough to fit through a small incision in the skin and into your joint, from where it sends back a video to a monitor screen.
When Dr. Dilhan views the images on the monitor, he can make a diagnosis and carry out repairs if necessary. He uses arthroscopic surgical instruments that he passes through another incision if he needs to perform any repairs.
For what conditions is arthroscopy used?
Dr. Dilhan diagnoses and treats a variety of hand, wrist, and shoulder conditions at OCS using arthroscopy, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Elbow Arthritis
- Shoulder bursitis
- TFCC tears
Dr. Dilhan can treat both acute injuries and chronic pain problems using arthroscopic techniques. He also specializes in treating sports injuries using arthroscopy.
What are the advantages of arthroscopy over open surgery?
Arthroscopy has some distinct advantages over open surgery, including:
- Less tissue damage
- Reduced risk of complications
- Faster recovery time
- Smaller scars
Depending on the procedure you’re having, Dr. Dilhan can often perform your arthroscopy on an outpatient basis, so you won’t need to stay in the hospital.
It’s not always possible to use arthroscopy to perform hand and wrist surgeries, but Dr. Dilhan is an expert in using arthroscopic techniques when they are the right option for you.
As arthroscopy technology improves and refines even further, Dr. Dilhan can carry out more and more procedures using arthroscopic techniques.
Find out more about minimally invasive arthroscopy and how it could help ease your joint pain by calling Dr. Dilhan’s office today, or book an appointment online.