Arthroscopy

What is Arthroscopy?

  • Also called key hole or minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopic surgery is  a simple day stay procedure which involves Dr Herald using a special instrument known as an arthroscope.
  • The arthroscope allows Dr Herald to look into your joint (shoulder, elbow or knee) via a very small incision (usually less than 1cm) without having to open the joint up.
  • With fibre-optic light and a magnifying glass, the arthroscope provides a very accurate view of your joint to determine what needs a clean up, repair or reconstruction.
  • A miniscule camera simultaneously transmits images of your joint to a TV monitor for Dr Herald to view.

What conditions is arthroscopy used to diagnose and treat?

Arthroscopy is useful for many acute sports and work injuries including

  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Subacromial Decompression (shoulder impingement)
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Removal of loose bodies floating around the joint

What are the benefits? 

  • Day surgery, so there’s no need to stay in hospital for lengthy periods
  • Optimal recovery due to less invasive procedures
  • Less risk of infection or after care issues