Because of advancements in modern surgical procedures, most foot and ankle surgeries are performed with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, so you have a quicker recovery. With his expertise in skilled arthroscopy surgeries, Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center can treat and correct the most complex of conditions. Learn more about arthroscopic surgery by booking an evaluation at this Cypress, Texas, clinic. Schedule online or over the phone.
An arthroscopy is an advanced type of surgical procedure that involves using a small scope and thin surgical instruments, rather than making a large open incision. You may need this modern type of surgical procedure if you have:
In some instances, an arthroscopy is simply a diagnostic procedure to get a closer look at your injury in case an MRI or CT scan isn’t enough. Depending on the severity of your injury, any essential repairs could be made during your diagnostic arthroscopy.
An arthroscopic surgery is performed while you’re under local or general anesthesia, often on an outpatient basis. During surgery, Dr. Frazier makes a few small incisions around your treatment area. He inserts the arthroscope — the small, thin camera — into one incision and necessary surgical tools into nearby incisions.
The live images from the arthroscope are transmitted to a monitor, where Dr. Frazier can see — in high definition — exactly where you’re injured. While watching the monitor, Dr. Frazier makes any essential repairs and, if necessary, removes damaged tissues.
Not only is an arthroscopic procedure beneficial for minimizing your downtime afterward, but it’s also known for being more precise and having a higher success rate than traditional open surgeries.
While you won’t have a major incision after an arthroscopy, you’re still going to have internal repairs that take time to heal. Dr. Frazier usually wants you to stay off your feet for the first few days after your arthroscopy.
Depending on why you needed the surgery, it can take several weeks for you to start returning to your normal activities. In some cases, you can gradually begin participating in exercises and some sporting activities as quickly as 4-6 weeks after surgery.
It’s common to need physical therapy up to 2-3 times per week for several months once your incision heals. Dr. Frazier cares for you every step of the way after surgery to ensure you’re properly healing and getting stronger.
Book your arthroscopy exam at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center today. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic directly to book.