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 Harvey Manes, MD, 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 Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, at Wellwood Orthopedics for over 40 years, Dr. Manes has the experience and knowhow you want in a surgeon. Call his office today to schedule your appointment.
Anthroscopy Q & A
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It involves inserting a lighted camera into your joint to examine it, and if necessary, make repairs. Dr. Manes uses this method for diagnosing and treating issues in the:
What conditions can be fixed with an arthroscopy?
Although arthroscopic surgery isn’t right for every circumstance, Dr. Manes 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. Manes can:
- Repair cartilage
- Remove loose bone or cartilage
- Drain fluids
He may also use arthroscopy to help treat the symptoms of arthritis and frozen shoulder.
What happens during an arthroscopy?
When Dr. Manes performs an arthroscopy, he typically administers general or local anesthesia first. After that, he cleans your skin with an antibacterial solution and makes small incisions — ranging from a few millimeters to a centimeter — along the joint.
Dr. Manes then inserts an arthroscope — a small flexible device with a light and camera — 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. Manes 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 an Ace bandage. You may return to work the next 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:
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster healing time
- Lower risk of infection
- Same-day procedure
- Less downtime
If you think you could benefit from a knee or shoulder arthroscopy, contact the renowned expert in orthopedic surgery. Call Dr. Manes’s office to schedule an appointment.