Arthroscopic surgery can repair most injuries. This minimally invasive surgical option is ideal for shoulder repairs, knee injuries, wrist surgeries, or other types of orthopedic issues. When you meet with Miami’s leading orthopedic surgeon, Cesar E. Ceballos, MD, you can find out if you’re a candidate for arthroscopic surgery. His team at OrthoMiami helps you every step of the way, before and after surgery. Make your first appointment by using the convenient online booking system, or calling the office directly.
With traditional orthopedic surgeries, Dr. Ceballos has to make a big long incision and open up the area that needs repair. With an arthroscope, he only has to make three or four small incisions to perform the same type of surgery.
He inserts the thin, flexible scope into one incision, then puts the necessary surgical instruments into the additional incisions. Dr. Ceballos uses different sizes of arthroscopes, depending on the area he’s operating on. For example, with wrist surgeries, arthroscopes are very tiny, only about 0.5 millimeters in diameter.
During surgery, Dr. Ceballos gets the scope’s images on a monitor. This allows him to maneuver the scope into various areas to get a full picture of your joint, while helping him get into precise areas to make repairs.
With ongoing advances in technology, Dr. Ceballos performs the majority of his surgeries arthroscopically. He uses arthroscopic measures for:
If Dr. Ceballos can’t get a clear diagnosis through imaging alone, he might need to go inside and see what’s going on. Arthroscopic surgery allows him to see directly inside your joints. He learns on the spot if you need to schedule a more intensive surgery later on, or if he can make a minor repair right then and there. Sometimes arthroscopic surgery is also used for biopsies.
When you need an orthopedic surgery, whether it’s a traditional open surgery or a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, you need to take some time to recover. With arthroscopic surgery, though, your recovery time is generally smoother and faster. Many patients who opt for arthroscopic surgery experience:
Usually not. Dr. Ceballos performs most arthroscopic surgeries on an outpatient basis. Of course, if you have certain medical concerns or are having a more major type of surgery, Dr. Ceballos might have you stay in the hospital overnight. You’ll know before your surgery if you are allowed to go home afterward.