Arthroscopic Surgery

Angus Goetz, DO, FAOAO

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Jackson, WY

Modern advances in arthroscopic surgical techniques are making traditionally complicated procedures far simpler and more convenient. Dr. Angus Goetz performs state-of-the-art arthroscopic surgery at his Jackson, Wyoming, practice to address a variety of joint injuries with increased precision. Minimally invasive surgery not only limits discomfort and produces excellent results, but also decreases recovery time and the risk of complications. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery refers to a surgical technique that allows Dr. Goetz to use the aid of a video monitor during a procedure for added precision and doesn’t involve making a large incision through the skin.

It’s a minimally invasive surgical method that minimizes discomfort and complications while producing better results than traditional surgery.

How does arthroscopic surgery work?

During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Goetz inserts a small camera— called an arthroscope — into your affected joint. The arthroscope displays live imaging on a video monitor, which he uses to guide a host of very small surgical instruments during surgery.

During an arthroscopy, Dr. Goetz uses this technique to see inside a joint in order to better diagnose a wide range of joint problems.

He regularly performs:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Arthroscopic hip surgery
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Knee arthroscopy

By using the small camera, Dr. Goetz can see the anatomy of your affected joint through a very small incision rather than the large incision needed for traditional surgery. The live imaging shows him the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.

Armed with the information he gathers, Dr. Goetz determines the severity of your injury and addresses the issue.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

Since the camera, light, and other surgical instruments used in arthroscopic surgery are so small, only a very small incision is required. This decreases pain, joint stiffness, swelling, and the risk of a variety of complications that could occur as a result of a larger incision.

There is less downtime and often a shorter recovery period associated with arthroscopic surgery. With it, you should be able to go back to work and the recreational activities you enjoyed doing before surgery in a much shorter time.

What are the risks of arthroscopic surgery?

As is the case with all surgical procedures, arthroscopic surgery has risks. Although it’s very rare, complications like infection, blood clots in a vein, swelling, or nerve damage can occur. However, these complications occur in less than 1% of arthroscopic surgical procedures.

If you have any questions about your arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Goetz is more than happy to answer any of your questions at his office. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.