At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance arthroscopic joint surgery is offered as a minimally invasive procedure that uses live computer imaging of your joints. It is used to help your surgeon plan the safest and most effective surgical repair of damaged joints resulting from trauma, aging, sports, or injury.
With arthroscopic surgery, he can have a full view inside the joint without making a large incision. The incision to insert the arthroscope camera is so small, it is comparable to the size of a button. That means a faster recovery time, less pain, and a lower risk of post-op complications following joint replacement surgery. Visit our Torrance orthopedics office today for your minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
Computer-assisted technology has been around for a long time, although not every surgeon uses it. Dr. Chris Mellano believes every patient deserves to reap the benefits of cutting-edge medical technology. Arthroscopic surgery is ideal for the following procedures:
No one wants to deal with large surgical scars that remain on the body for life.
With arthroscopic surgery Torrance orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mellano minimizes the size and number of incisions. The arthroscope provides a clear, well-lit view inside the damaged hip, wrist, shoulder, elbow, or knee joint. This allows your surgeon to determine exactly where the joint damage is located. The arthroscope basically creates a blueprint of your joint on a computer screen.
Using this information, Dr. Mellano plans exactly how to approach the joint repair or replacement without the need to create unnecessary incisions. Smaller and fewer incisions mean a faster recovery time, less pain, and smaller scars that are less visible than those that occur after traditional open surgery. While open surgery is still necessary in certain cases, most patients are good candidates for arthroscopy.
An arthroscope is a type of endoscope that is designed to see inside joints of the body. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive, same-day procedure that uses a small wireless camera with a lighting system. The camera lens provides a crystal clear view of the inside of the joints.
This information is then transmitted to a computer screen where your surgeon can see it. The joint is magnified for easier viewing. An arthroscope is small, as thin as a pencil. Thus, the incision needed to insert the camera is tiny. In traditional open surgery, a larger incision is needed to view what the arthroscope can see. As an orthopedic surgeon in Torrance, Dr. Chris Mellano performs arthroscopic surgery every day. Diagnosing and fixing joint problems is easy when a skilled orthopedic surgeon has access to the latest technology. With more than a decade of surgical experience as an orthopedic doctor, you are in good hands with Dr. Mellano.
An arthroscope camera uses infrared trackers to position the camera with extreme precision inside the joint. The image is then transmitted to a computer monitor so that your surgeon can see what is going on inside the joint. This allows him to see exactly where the source of pain or joint damage has occurred. Using this information, surgical repair, reconstruction, or replacement of the joints, cartilage or meniscus is performed, specifically targeting the damaged area of the joint while leaving the healthy joint structures intact.
Computer-assisted surgery has countless benefits for the patient compared to open surgery. Advantages of the procedure include:
Joint surgery provides patients struggling with daily joint pain a new lease on life. Experience a higher quality of life without suffering from joint pain for another week, month, or year. Dr. Mellano strives to deliver a world-class patient experience with all the benefits of cutting-edge surgical treatment. Schedule your private consultation with Chris Mellano, MD to start planning your joint surgery today. Relief is just a phone call away.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.