Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a procedure used to diagnose and treat joint conditions that can help get kids back to regular activities faster.
Arthroscopic surgery can treat inflammation, torn ligaments and tendons, loose bone or cartilage and some diseases.
During this minimally invasive procedure, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon will insert a narrow scope (called an arthroscope) through a small incision to view the inside of your joint with a fiber-optic video camera. This allows the surgeon to see the inside of your joint, diagnose and sometimes even treat a joint condition without making a large incision.
Arthroscopic surgery is used to examine the joints of the body to determine either the cause of joint damage or the extent of the damage. The surgery is performed if physicians are unable to determine the source of the joint problem. For example, if it suspected that the joint is damaged but other diagnostic testing such as X-rays, CT scans or MRI are unable to determine the nature of the damage, an arthroscopy may be done to make a diagnosis.
Because it is minimally invasive, there are multiple benefits to arthroscopic surgery, including:
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- A smaller incision that leaves a smaller scar
- Reduced infection risk
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal activity
Every child's surgical experience is different. Depending on the repair needed, as well as the child's age and general health, a pediatric specialist will determine if arthroscopic surgery is an option.
Joints Commonly Examined With Arthroscopy
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
What to Expect After Surgery
The length of your child’s visit after surgery can vary from a few hours to an overnight or extended stay. This will depend on the type of surgery and the follow-up that's required.
They might begin rehabilitation during their time with us. Often, we can offer follow-up care services on site or at one of our clinics nearby, or our staff may be able to connect you with highly qualified and well-respected pediatric orthopedic care providers closer to your home. Speak to any member of your child’s care team to learn more.
Since I tore my ACL and had to have surgery, I did not know if I would recover in time to compete at my high school regional meet, but my doctor never doubted that I could.