Anyone who has had an injured knee, or any joint for that matter, realizes the importance of having normally-functioning skeletal system. Just the simple but often-taken-for-granted ability to walk without experiencing knee or ankle pains can be an elusive privilege for many who have severe orthopedic conditions that require surgery. Thanks to medical technological advancement, people who have these conditions can resort to arthroscopic surgery which Dr. Howard Marans routinely undertakes at his clinic.
Arthroscopic surgery simply involves the use of a tiny camera called an “arthroscope” to allow the surgeon to see inside a joint. Thus, the camera enables Dr. Marans to conduct accurate diagnosis of any orthopedic condition and provide the proper treatment of various joint problems. In contrast to open surgery, arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive process which is why it is much more preferable than open surgery.
Some of the advantages of arthroscopic surgery include the absence of large incisions, thereby allowing the patient to recover fast even without having to stay in a hospital after the operation. As such, bleeding and infection are also minimized with this kind of procedure. Recovery time is also shorter as a result of the minimal invasive nature of the procedure.
Arthroscopic surgery is used often in injuries involving such joints as the shoulders, knees, hip, wrist and spine, although it can be used for any joint of the body. Ligament tears and damaged cartilage on the knee can be repaired using this procedure. Dislocated or impinged shoulders, including rotator cuff tears can also be healed through this means.
This procedure is frequently used on larger joints to treat certain conditions. Dysplasia of the hips and other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist and herniated discs and other spine conditions are routine procedures done through arthroscopic surgery.
Sticks and stones may break our bones; but the handy camera — of course, in the presence of an experienced doctor such as Dr. Howard Marans – can undo whatever injury they may cause. Bones may not need a selfie; but a happy and healed patient deserves one after a successful surgery.