Arthritis injection therapies provide a safe and non-invasive alternative to surgery. With a proper and prompt diagnosis, the treatment of the affected area will typically allow most patients to resume normal activities and return to work in a relatively short period of time.
Arthroscopy is a surgery that allows doctors to look inside the joints in order to diagnose certain problems. The surgery utilizes small instruments inserted into small incisions and attached to a television camera. This surgery is preferable to more invasive surgeries, because it allows the patient to recover more quickly and with less pain than they would have otherwise. By using these instruments, the doctor can see the ligaments, cartilage, and other aspects of the joint and therefore diagnose problems and causes of pain.
Doctors may choose to use any one of a variety of options for anesthesia, including local, regional, or general anesthesia. After the surgery, the incision sites are stitched and bandaged. Many times, you will be given the opportunity to view pictures the doctor took with the camera while you were in surgery and they will tell you what they saw and what conclusions they drew from the surgery. The doctor will also describe any additional procedures they conducted during the surgery.