Houston Arthroscopic Surgery
An innovator in the field of Arthroscopic Surgery, Dr. Sanders offers the most advanced Arthroscopic procedures for patients non responsive to conservative treatment. His years of experience and work in accelerated rehabilitation protocol have contributed to one of the lowest rates in complications – and among one of the highest in success.
Following anesthesia, a tiny incision is made in the skin near the injury and an instrument approximately the size of a straw in diameter is inserted. This instrument has a small lens and fiber optic lighting system that enlarges and illuminates the area inside the joint. The images are transmitted onto a television screen, allowing Dr. Sanders to see the full extent of the injury with minimal disturbance to the surrounding external and internal tissue.
Though arthroscopy was initially used as a diagnostic tool for planning open surgery, advancements in the technique and instrumentation allow it to now treat many injuries and conditions in lieu of open surgery – from shoulder, neck and back conditions to the knee and ankle. In most cases of joint injury, arthroscopy can eliminate the need for a large incision. In most cases of joint injury, arthroscopy can eliminate the need for a large incision.
Arthroscopic surgery is performed in an environment in which the joint is inflated with pressurized water. Following the surgery, the point of entry is not sutured in order to allow for egress (drainage) of this fluid – minimizing swelling and bruising.
Arthroscopic Surgery in Houston
The procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure and when combined with the reconditioning program at the Sanders Clinic allows patients to enjoy immediate movement and restoration of function of the injured area.
The Sanders Clinic reconditioning program, designed for both surgical and non-surgical patients alike, prepares patients requiring surgery for the best post-operative results by strengthening the injured area as well as the overall condition of the body. The risks of anesthesia and surgical complications are further reduced through a carefully developed plan beginning with nutritional supplements, perioperative antibiotics, effective non narcotic pain management, and the Cryocuff for control of swelling. Thromboembolic events are prophylaxed against with programs consisting of mechanical compression of the limb, early weight-bearing, range of motion exercises and occasionally anticoagulants in higher risk patients.