The orthopedic surgeons of Asian Hospital and Medical Center are experts in arthroscopy.
Our joints make movement possible. A Joint is where two or more bones come together. The knee joint is formed by the bones of the leg (tibia and fibula) and the thigh bone (femur). The hip is a ball and socket joint, formed by the upper end of the femur (the ball), and a part of the pelvis, called the acetabulum (the socket).
Joints are lined with cartilage, a smooth, low-friction surface. Normal cartilage allows nearly frictionless and pain-free movement. Every joint is enclosed by a fibrous tissue envelope or a capsule with a smooth tissue lining, the synovium, which produces synovial fluid that reduces friction and wear in a joint.
Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases.Arthritis or over-use may cause a joint to degenerate. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged.
The orthopedic surgeons of Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) are experts in diagnosing and treating joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, and gouty arthritis, among others. A cutting-edge and effective diagnostic and therapeutic tool at their disposal is arthroscopy.
A minimally invasive surgical technique, arthroscopy involves the insertion of a thin tube-like instrument called an “arthroscope” through a tiny incision on the skin over the affected joint to inspect, diagnose, and repair tissues. Orthopedic surgeons use an arthroscope to facilitate the following minimally invasive surgical procedures:
Arthroscopic lavage involves washing out any blood, fluid or loose debris from inside the joint.
Arthroscopic debridement 1s usually combined with arthroscopic lavage to remove degenerative tissue and loose bodies using a combination of hand-held and motorized instruments.
Arthroscopic meniscus treatment is used to treat tears in the meniscus, a crescent-shaped cartilage located within the knee that works to absorb weight and provide stability. The meniscus is often tom as a result of sport-related injuries in athletic individuals, and may be repaired or partially excised, depending on the tear characteristics.
Arthroscopic synovectomy is the removal of inflamed synovium. It is usually done in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Ligamentous deficiencies may be treated with arthroscopic surgery. This usually involves the reconstruction of small, important ligaments, particularly in the knee (e.g. tom anterior cruciate ligament ACL). Ligaments are bands of strong, fibrous connective tissue that connect one bone to another.
Tendon repair aims to restore normal function of joints or surrounding tissues following a tendon laceration. The tendon is the strong fibrous cord that connects a muscle to the bone it is designated to move.
Loose body removal refers to the removal of small pieces of bone or cartilage (loose bodies) floating within a joint capsule. The presence of loose bodies indicate possible joint trauma or the wearing away of cartilage. Loose bodies may promote osteoarthritis if not removed.
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