Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an arthroscope (a small, pencil like instrument with a small camera) is inserted into a joint through a small, buttonhole sized incision to magnify the structures inside your joint for better visibility over what is happening in there. The image from the camera is then displayed on a big screen to help the surgeon look throughout your shoulder, which helps the surgeon diagnose the type and complexity of the injury and then repair it using the necessary measures. Some of the most commonly diagnosed conditions include Inflammation and Acute or Chronic Injury.
After the surgery is done, the incisions are covered with a dressing and the patient is moved to a recovery room; also, the patient is usually sent back home a few hours after the surgery. You are likely to not need any pain medications post-surgery as such. Your wound, although small, can take several days to heal; recovery time depends on the severity of your condition.
The benefits of arthroscopy involve smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Moreover, it is relatively easier on the patient as compared to Open Surgery. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis.
His military service as a Naval medical officer and his experiences as a professional sports team physician give Dr. Wilson a rare background for performing shoulder arthroscopy in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Dr. Joe Wilson can provide a complimentary review of your shoulder or knee x-rays and/or MRI to determine if a consultation in our office may be beneficial to you.