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How is arthroscopic surgery typically performed?
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Outpatient surgery
2-4 small 1 CM incisions.
General anesthesia time is short, but can also be done under spinal anesthetic. The joint is thoroughly inspected and imaged. Damaged tissues are repaired or removed under direct visualization. More complex procedures can be combined with this as well, changing the incisions and anesthesia time.

In brief: Outpatient surgery
2-4 small 1 CM incisions.
General anesthesia time is short, but can also be done under spinal anesthetic. The joint is thoroughly inspected and imaged. Damaged tissues are repaired or removed under direct visualization. More complex procedures can be combined with this as well, changing the incisions and anesthesia time.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: It is usually done
As an outpatient and depending on the patient and the joint involved, can be done under general, spinal, regional or even local anesthesia with some IV or conscious sedation.
Again, depending on the joint, a tourniquet may or may not be used as well. It is done in a sterile or setting using video observation. There are usually several small cuts made for tools used & water flow through the site.

In brief: It is usually done
As an outpatient and depending on the patient and the joint involved, can be done under general, spinal, regional or even local anesthesia with some IV or conscious sedation.
Again, depending on the joint, a tourniquet may or may not be used as well. It is done in a sterile or setting using video observation. There are usually several small cuts made for tools used & water flow through the site.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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