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By Brian M. Torpey, MD, FACS


When conservative measures are unsuccessful, some surgeons may suggest an arthroscopic procedure. But what exactly is that, and why is it better than an open surgical procedure?

The actual arthroscope is a slender tube, which is similar in structure to a drinking straw. It is a thin, flexible, fiber-optic viewing instrument which has a very tiny lens, light, and video camera. It is through this device that surgeons can diagnose and treat/repair joints. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to treat injuries and conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, wrist, and elbow.

Dr. Brian Torpey, a double-board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at Professional Orthopaedic Associates, says, “Using an arthroscope allows us to make only tiny incisions as opposed to years ago, when larger incisions had to be used. The advanced technology used in an arthroscopic procedure generally provides quicker recoveries, less pain, and smaller scars than an open procedure. All are done without a major, invasive operation, so many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic. All of these factors help patients to resume physical activity quicker than in the past.”  

If you are experiencing joint pain and would like to learn more about arthroscopic surgery, call (732) 530-4949 to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at Professional Orthopaedic Associates.