A Cutting Edge Procedure That Has Revolutionized Ortho Surgery
In the past decade, orthopedic surgery has evolved drastically. Rather than performing traditional open surgery to repair or replace joints, many orthopedic surgeons have opted for arthroscopy, a procedure that uses thin flexible instruments to view the inside of the joint and make repairs with minimal incisions. This leads to less pain and a shorter healing process. But while it has recently become more popular, this procedure is actually much older than you may think.
In 1918, a Japanese professor Kenji Takagi was the first to view inside a knee with a cystoscope, a thin tube. With this revolutionary operation performed on a cadaver, Takagi became known as the “father of arthroscopy.” Years later, after the Second World War, Takagi’s protégé, Masaki Watanabe established himself as the “father of modern arthroscopy.” Using electronics and optics, he developed sophisticated endoscopic instruments, most similar to what today’s surgeons use during arthroscopy. Watanabe was also the first to arthroscopically remove a tumor from the knee on March 9, 1955.
After Watanabe’s success, arthroscopy experienced tremendous progress in the late 20th century and into the 21st century. These advances in technology paved the way for modern medicine, revolutionizing surgery along the way.
“With arthroscopy, the joint does not need to be fully opened,” said ARO Medical Director Dr. Robert Dean. “Instead, the surgery is performed through incisions the size of a buttonhole. This minimizes trauma to the joint and speeds up recovery time.”
At ARO, we specialize in arthroscopic surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons implement this technique to help our patients maintain their natural anatomy. Without arthroscopy, we wouldn’t be able to provide this service. Along with arthroscopy, we use two other revolutionary procedures to provide maximum benefit to our patients. These include denervation, the temporary deadening of the nerves to relieve pain, and regenerative medicine, which targets your body’s natural healing ability to speed the process of recovery.
When combined, these procedures provide the most benefit to our patients, allowing them to return to their active lives with their natural joints intact and their pain relieved. Life is too short to live in pain, after all.
If you are experiencing joint pain, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our agents to learn more about the ARO difference and how we can help relieve your pain. We will gladly answer your questions.