Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedure used for conditions affecting a joint, most commonly the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist. Arthroscopy involves, small surgical cuts in the skin while the patient is under anesthesia (local, spinal, or general), after which a salt water solution is usually pumped into joint to expand the space and allow room for the insertion of a small, flexible tube (arthroscope) into the joint. Tiny cameras and surgical tools attached to the arthroscope allow the surgeon to view the internal structures on a monitor and repair any damage to the joint. The conditions most frequently found with arthroscopy include inflammation (including the lining of the synovium in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle); traumatic injury, including rotator cuff tendon tears of the shoulder, tears of the meniscus (cartilage) and anterior cruciate ligament of the knee, and carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist; and loose bone and/or cartilage, particularly in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, or wrist. When the procedure is complete, the saline is drained from the joint and the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures and covers them with a dressing.
Patients from across the nation trust their orthopaedic care to the specialists at UAB Medicine, where they benefit from the evidence-based care delivered by nationally known specialists in a compassionate environment. Our faculty physicians perform a wide array of complex and minimally invasive procedures and treatments, from complete hip replacements and bone cancer screenings to scoliosis correction and repair of sports-related injuries.
Clinics are maintained at the convenient UAB Hospital-Highlands, which offers easy access and free parking.
UAB Orthopaedics is comprised of physicians focused on specific bone and joint conditions of the hands, back, knees, hips, and feet. Physicians specializing in pediatric orthopaedics, musculoskeletal oncology, and sports medicine complete our comprehensive group of specialists. Our pledge is to work with you to determine the best course of care for your individual needs, and we keep you informed every step of the way. Our access to a wide variety of UAB Medicine specialists in other areas ensures that you will receive outstanding, experienced care.
Specialists within UAB Orthopaedics are highly skilled experts in their areas. Our physicians receive additional training in their area of specialty and stay up to date on the latest advances through professional medical societies such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Because our physicians take leadership roles in professional medical societies and author textbooks that help mold tomorrow’s orthopaedic physicians, they are nationally and internationally renowned for their care.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials
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