Minimally-invasive joint surgery, or arthroscopy, involves using an arthroscope to view and access the joint. Unlike open surgery, which involves a larger incision and opening to view and operate on a joint, arthroscopic surgery only requires a tiny incision. Through a small opening in the skin, the joint can be accessed using a tiny tube, camera and light. Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds offers arthroscopic surgery for his patients requiring surgical joint treatments at his clinic in San Jose.
There are many benefits to arthroscopic surgery versus traditional open surgery. Due to a smaller incision, there is less trauma to tissues. Most arthroscopic surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, saving time and money for the patient. The scarring is minimal, with a tiny incision that heals quickly. With this orthopedic treatment option, recovery is usually faster for the patient since less trauma is caused to the joint. For the orthopedic surgeon, the visualization is improved, helping with accuracy during orthopedic surgery.
Minimally-Invasive Joint Surgery
Whenever possible, Dr. Reynolds prefers using arthroscopic surgery for repairing joint problems. Most joints can be repaired using arthroscopic methods when only small changes are needed. Arthroscopic surgery can be used on its own, or in combination with open surgery, depending on the circumstances. Dr. Reynolds offers arthroscopy for many joint conditions, and uses this minimally-invasive option for the following types of surgeries:
- Elbow Arthroscopic Surgery
- Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
- Knee Arthroscopic Surgery
- Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
When joint repairs are needed, arthroscopic surgery may be an option for treatment. If you have a joint injury or degenerative joint disease, contact Dr. Reynolds to discuss your treatment options. If surgery is needed, arthroscopic surgery may be an option to reduce pain, costs and recovery time. Contact Dr. Reynolds’ practice to schedule your consultation to learn more about arthroscopy and other conservative joint treatment options.