Arthroscopic Surgery

Dr. Gaiser with skeleton and female patientArthroscopic surgery allows our surgeons to visualize, diagnose, and treat joint problems and diseases that affect the joints. Arthroscopy is performed using an arthroscope, a small fiber-optic instrument that lets our doctors take a close look at the inside of a joint through a small incision.

We perform diagnostic arthroscopic surgery when a patient’s medical history, physical exam, x rays, and bone scanning examinations — such as MRI or CT — don’t give us a definitive diagnosis. Corrective arthroscopic surgery is used primarily to remove bone or cartilage or repair tendons or ligaments.

We perform arthroscopic surgery most commonly on the knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and hips. Knee joints are large enough to allow free movement of arthroscopic instruments and therefore are ideal for the benefits of this type of examination and treatment. The accuracy of arthroscopy is said to be 100% for diagnosis compared to diagnostic imaging such as MRI. Arthroscopic surgery is alos used to relieve mechanical joint problems, such as buckling, stiffness, or locking, and can preclude or delay the need for more aggressive surgery such as a joint replacement.

Fracture Care

Fracture repair is the process of rejoining and realigning the ends of broken bones, performed by our orthopedists. Fracture repair is required when you need to restore the normal alignment and function of a broken bone. Throughout the stages of fracture healing, the bones must be held firmly in the correct position. It’s important for the fracture to be properly repaired otherwise misalignment of the bone may occur, resulting in possible physical dysfunction of the bone, adjacent joint, or region of the body.

We repair fractures by applying traction, surgery, and immobilizing the affected bones. The bone fragments are aligned as closely as possible to their normal position without injuring the skin. Metal wires or screws may be needed to align smaller bone fragments. Once the broken ends of the bone are set, the affected area is immobilized for several weeks and kept rigid with a sling, plaster cast, brace, or splint which we can do onsite. With the use of traction, muscles pulling on the fracture site are neutralized by weights attached to a series of ropes running over pulleys.

Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, and shoulder. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow. Sometimes, our surgeons will not remove the whole joint, but only replace or fix the damaged parts. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better. Our surgeons who specialize in joints will work with you before, during, and after surgery to make sure you heal quickly and recover successfully.