Southlake Orthopaedics does not rush to perform surgery as a first course of treatment, but when it is necessary to approach your orthopaedic condition with a surgical procedure, you can trust our board certified surgeons to take excellent care of you.
There are several procedures that we commonly perform to treat orthopaedic injury or illness. We have provided animated illustrations to explain them to you and your family with as much detail as possible.
In general, we can approach surgery in three ways. We can make an incision and perform the surgery in a traditional way (open surgery).
However, when it's possible to use a less invasive approach, our surgeons will employ arthroscopy. This is a common surgical procedure in which a joint (arthro-) is viewed (-scopy) using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the joint.
Arthroscopy is done through small incisions. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope (a small camera instrument about the size of a pencil) into your joint. The arthroscope sends the image to a flat-screen high definition monitor. On the monitor, your surgeon can see the structures of the joint in great detail. This allows him to either diagnose or treat the problem.
When simple repair is not an option, it is sometimes possible to replace a joint with a man-made piece of hardware. This procedure is called arthroplasty.
Another effective treatment for orthopaedic conditions is technically a surgical procedure, but requires no incision. Rather, your orthopaedist may recommend a therapeutic injection of an anesthetic and a steroid to reduce inflammation and help relieve or resolve your pain.
There are two primary types of injections.
- Epidural Injections for Compressed or "Pinched" Nerves.
- Facet Joint Injections to treat Joint Arthropathy or Pain.
In both types of injections, the medicine is delivered as close as possible to the spinal nerves. These injections are usually performed under X-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy. This confirms exact placement of the medication and improves safety.