Minimally Invasive Surgery - Less is More

Minimally Invasive Orthopaedic Surgery 

Minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery is used to treat and diagnose injuries and diseases to bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons in the ankle, hip, knee, hand, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Most minimally invasive orthopaedic surgeries are done with the use of an arthroscope, which is a thin device designed for viewing and treating problems inside a joint. Procedures are performed using small, flexible tools equipped with tiny cameras that project images onto a screen. With the arthroscope, your surgeon can remove tissue or bone that may be causing your discomfort. 

Benefits of minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery include: 

  • Significantly less pain following the procedure 
  • Less damage to tissue 
  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities 
  • Less scarring 
  • Very small "keyhole" incisions 
  • Some procedures don’t even require an overnight stay in the hospital 
  • Most arthroscopic procedures can be performed under local or regional anesthesia 

Minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery is used in a wide variety of applications, such as the repair of torn ligaments or cartilage, hip and knee replacement, removal of loose bone or cartilage, or treatment of problems associated with arthritis. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery enables your surgeon to perform the hip replacement through one or two small incisions, allowing for a faster recovery, less pain and muscle damage. 

If you’d like more information on minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery, or the doctors and services available at Scottsdale Healthcare, please call 866-969-8526, or visit Orthopedic Services.