Orthopedics located in Memphis, TN
When it comes to surgery of any kind, the two words you want to hear are “minimally invasive.” At Titan Orthopedics, John Lochemes, MD, offers minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopy, to his patients in Memphis, Tennessee. To explore whether you may benefit from minimally invasive surgery, please call the office or request an appointment using the online booking button today.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
When you’re injured, there are times when the best course of action is for your doctor to go in surgically and make repairs. Unfortunately, this invasive technique can cause considerable collateral damage to your surrounding tissue, often making your road to recovery a little worse before it gets better.
Through minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Lochemes minimizes the damage by relying on advanced instruments, including a small camera, that allow him to perform complex procedures in small spaces without the need for open surgery.
At the heart of minimally invasive surgery is the camera, or arthroscope, which Dr. Lochemes threads through a tiny incision. This camera provides the doctor with a real-time, high-definition, 3D view of the area in order to both diagnose and treat your ailment.
Then, using tiny specialized tools that translate the movements of his hands, Dr. Lochemes makes the necessary repairs
When is minimally invasive surgery used?
It’s no exaggeration to say that arthroscopy is the most significant advancement in orthopedic medicine in the past century. Using arthroscopy, Dr. Lochemes can:
- Repair torn ligaments, including your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Repair torn tendons and muscles
- Reattach torn tissue
- Remove damaged tissue, including cartilage and bone
- Repair bony structures
And Dr. Lochemes employs this technique for most common orthopedic problems in your major joints, from repairing a torn rotator cuff in your shoulder to clearing away damaged tissue in your knees.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
There are myriad benefits of minimally invasive surgical techniques like arthroscopy, including:
- Less bleeding
- Reduced tissue damage
- Decreased risk of infection
- Quicker recovery times
More often than not, Dr. Lochemes can perform most of the minimally invasive surgeries on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to go home the same day.
While the minimally invasive techniques that Dr. Lochemes uses goes a long way toward helping you recover more quickly, you need to do your part by following his aftercare instructions to the letter and participating in your physical therapy.
If you’d like to explore your options in minimally invasive surgery at Titan Orthopedics, call the office or set up an appointment using the online scheduling tool.