I am an experienced Orthopedic Surgeon with sub-specialty training in Arthroscopic Surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure that allows me to look inside your shoulder or knee and completely visualize all of the structures. This technique allows me to accurately diagnose and treat the problems in the joint such as a labral tear, cartilage defect, or rotator cuff tear in the shoulder, or meniscal tear, cartilage defect, or ligament tear in the knee.
When I perform an arthroscopic examination, I make two small incisions in your skin and insert pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to see inside the joint. The arthroscope is attached to a miniature high-definition camera which allows me to take pictures of the joint as well as the treatment that I perform.
WHY ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY?
Prior to the development of arthroscopic shoulder surgery, we could only treat injuries with open surgery. These procedures were associated with large incisions, prolonged recovery, and less predictable results. With newer minimally-invasive techniques, arthroscopic surgery has become an exciting tool that I use to look inside injured joints and confirm the diagnosis and treat the problems, often through just a few small incisions. Arthroscopic surgery allows improved visualization of all structures inside the shoulder, and with specialized instruments I can treat the majority of joint injuries.
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