If you’ve been experiencing ongoing joint pain you’ve probably, at some point, visited an orthopedist. If this is the case –you may have heard the suggestion for minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to your months (or even years) of more conservative treatments.
Whether you are considering minimally invasive surgery at the recommendation of your doctor, simply want to know more about it, or have never heard the term at all – keep reading to learn more about this increasingly popular treatment method.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that uses less invasive techniques than traditional forms of surgery. This is usually accomplished through using smaller incisions, and an endoscope (a surgical camera that allows the surgeon to examine the surgical site).
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
In comparison to traditional forms of surgery – where incisions are larger – less invasive procedures have a reduced risk for infection, scarring, and other complications. These techniques also allow for generally faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.
Is minimally invasive surgery right for me?
This type of procedure is commonly performed on patients who have orthopedic conditions affecting the joints, and who have exhausted other forms of conservative treatments. In order to know if it is right for you, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to assess your conditions and discuss with you the treatment options that are right for you.
For more information on the different types of surgery, and the surgeons at Orangewood Surgical Center, call (714) 221-4236.