Get to the source of your joint pain, athletic injury or repetitive stress condition with a safe, effective surgical diagnosis – and a sound treatment plan.
False Creek Healthcare offers a broad range of sports injury and orthopedic surgeries. Our expert physicians and surgeons excel in all aspects of general orthopedics and procedures, such as shoulder surgery, elbow surgery and knee surgery. We also offer a full range of treatment and rehabilitation options in our modern Vancouver facility.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to visualize, diagnose and repair joint problems throughout the body.
- Safe and effective diagnostic procedure
- No need for open surgery
- Fast recovery time with minimal scarring
- Supports clear diagnosis and joint tissue repairs
Knee pain can often result from a ruptured ligament, torn cartilage or certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout and infection. Knee arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure often used to investigate and diagnose the cause of knee pain.
Elbow arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to help diagnose and treat elbow pain and injury. Arthroscopy enables your surgeon to look directly into your elbow and the surrounding area to diagnose your injury and determine the best course of treatment. For UCL injuries, Tommy John surgery is an outpatient procedure that effectively repairs a torn elbow ligament.
Rotator cuff tendons can tear when they are overused or injured, which may require shoulder arthroscopy – a surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat shoulder pain and injuries. Shoulder arthroscopy allows your surgeon to look directly into your shoulder and the surrounding area to diagnose your injury and choose the most effective treatment.
Many types of wrist pain are caused by sudden injuries that result in sprains or fractures, but pain in this area can also be the result of long-term problems, such as repetitive stress, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat wrist pain and injury. Unlike other orthopedic procedures, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons perform wrist and hand surgeries at False Creek Healthcare.
Is arthroscopy safe?
Arthroscopy is a safe and effective surgical diagnostic procedure with a low risk of serious complications. Millions of arthroscopies are performed around the world every year.
What to expect during an arthroscopic procedure
During a consultation, one of our orthopedic, cosmetic or reconstructive surgeons will assess your condition and develop a treatment plan. If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for arthroscopy, the procedure can be performed under either general or local anaesthesia, depending on the nature of your condition.
Your surgeon will make a small incision next to the affected joint and insert the arthroscope – a metal tube the size of a pencil, which contains both a light source and a camera. Your surgeon will look inside your joint, assess the problem, and remove any unwanted or damaged tissue. He or she may also fill the joint with a sterile fluid in order to expand the area for easier viewing. When the procedure is complete, the arthroscope and any excess fluid are removed and the incisions are closed.
At False Creek Healthcare, we perform arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. Most surgical arthroscopies take 15-45 minutes, but more extensive procedures can take up to three hours. Your recovery time will depend on the nature of your surgery and the affected joint, but most people are able to resume normal activities within a week or two after surgery.
Preparing for arthroscopy
Your physician and patient care coordinator will provide detailed instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for your arthroscopy. You will also receive guidelines on whether you need to avoid certain medications or supplements before and after your surgery.
Why choose to have arthroscopy at False Creek Healthcare?
In addition to our world-class technology, each and every one of our surgeons has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
If you’re ready to explore your diagnostic needs with our board-certified surgeons and experienced patient care coordinators, request an appointment today.