Maybe you’ve torn your rotator cuff or your ACL. Maybe you’ve fractured your ankle, or you’re losing cartilage in your knee. There are many ways to damage your joints – and many techniques to repair them. Your course of treatment will depend on your specific injury or condition.
Common Ways to Repair Joints
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to view and repair soft tissue. Our surgeons make a series of small incisions and insert a miniature camera in order to see inside the joint. Arthroscopy is often used to remove pieces of detached cartilage in the hip, knee and shoulder.
Depending on the nature of your injury or condition, your surgeon may choose to conduct a traditional Open Repair, in which a larger incision is created in order to see and access the joint. Open repair generally requires a short stay in the hospital and physical therapy as you recover.
Patients with inflammatory arthritis can develop inflamed synovium, or joint lining, and my require a Synovectomy. Surgeons can remove the affected synovium using either arthroscopy or a traditional open procedure.
Surgeons perform a Fusion to combine two or more bones into one using pins, rods, and plates. Fusions usually occur in the spine, fingers, thumb, wrist, and ankles.