Arthroscopy

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. -  - Orthopedics

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc.

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage, CA

Whether it’s a torn rotator cuff or unexplained, consistent pain in your knee, the idea of needing surgery is frightening. But with the expertise of David Duffner, MD, and his team at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc., you can have a less-invasive arthroscopy performed, with less downtime and a lower risk of infection. Providing orthopedic surgery services to the people of Rancho Mirage, California, in Coachella Valley, Dr. Duffner has the experience you want in a surgeon. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool.

Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. During arthroscopy, Dr. Duffner inserts a lighted camera into your joint to examine it, and if necessary, make repairs. He uses this method for diagnosing and treating issues in the knees and the shoulders.

What conditions can benefit from arthroscopy?

Although arthroscopic surgery isn’t right for every circumstance, Dr. Duffner may recommend it if you’re experiencing unexplained pain, swelling, or stiffness in your joints, especially your knee or shoulder.

Through this procedure, he can determine what’s causing your pain, the severity of the injury, and — in many circumstances — repair the damage. With an arthroscopy, Dr. Duffner can:

  • Repair cartilage
  • Remove loose bone or cartilage
  • Drain fluids

He may also suggest arthroscopy to help treat the symptoms of arthritis and frozen shoulder.

What happens during an arthroscopy?

When Dr. Duffner performs an arthroscopy, he typically first administers general or local anesthesia. Next, he cleans your skin with an antibacterial solution and makes small incisions — ranging from a few millimeters to a centimeter — along the joint.

Dr. Duffner then inserts a small flexible device with a light and camera, called an arthroscope, through an incision to examine your joint. He may also use probes or surgical instruments through other incisions.

The arthroscope streams video footage of the inside of your joint, allowing Dr. Duffner to examine it and determine your pain's cause. If needed, he may use fluid to expand the joint. If he can repair or remove the tissue, he does so.

Once completed, he removes the devices and drains any excess fluid from your joint. He also dresses the wound with a gauze pad and a bandage. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, you may return to work or your usual activities the following day.

What are the benefits of arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy has many benefits when compared to traditional joint surgeries. Because of its use of small incisions, you can experience the following benefits of knee or shoulder arthroscopy:

  • Faster healing time
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Same-day procedure
  • Less downtime

If you think you may benefit from a knee or shoulder arthroscopy, contact Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc. Call the office or request an appointment online.