Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

Oakland Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgery located in Clarkston, MI

Arthroscopic surgery is one of the most common forms of minimally invasive surgery because it offers results comparable to those of traditional surgery but with far less tissue disruption. At Oakland Orthopedic Institute, Paul Lewis, DO, and the team provides expert arthroscopic repair of many common knee and shoulder problems, such as rotator cuff and meniscus repairs. Book your consultation online or call the Clarkston, Michigan, office to learn more now.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q&A

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopy is a way to diagnose and treat problems inside joints. An arthroscope is a pencil-sized tubular tool that has a tiny camera lens and light. When placed through a small incision, down into the joint, the arthroscope relays live images of your joint to a high-definition monitor.

Your Oakland Orthopedic Institute surgeon watches the monitor while exploring your joint and determines the source of chronic pain, stiffness, swelling, and movement issues. In some cases, arthroscopy is entirely diagnostic, but usually, you have surgery immediately during the same procedure.

For arthroscopic surgery, you have one or two more small incisions near the first. Your surgeon can then insert very thin surgical tools to perform any kind of surgical correction you need. That may include removal of loose or damaged tissue, reconnection of torn tissue, and other types of repairs.

When might I need arthroscopic surgery?

You might need arthroscopic surgery if you have shoulder or knee problems: 

Shoulder problems

Some shoulder problems that may require arthroscopic surgery include rotator cuff tears, labrum tears, recurrent dislocations, impingement, or other issues affecting soft tissues.

Knee problems

Knee problems that may require arthroscopic surgery include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, meniscus tears, and other ligament, tendon, and cartilage injuries. 

In general, the Oakland Orthopedic Institute team recommends non-surgical care like physical therapy as the first approach for sports injuries, work injuries, and other types of knee and shoulder damage. But, if your pain, swelling, and stiffness don't improve with non-surgical treatments, you may need arthroscopic surgery.

What are the advantages of arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery uses very small incisions, which offer many benefits, including:


  • Minimal bleeding
  • Minimal soft tissue trauma
  • Lower infection risk
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery

While arthroscopic surgery is an ideal approach for many problems in the knees and shoulders, a different minimally invasive approach might be best for other types of surgery.  For example, you might qualify for minimally invasive joint replacement surgery. 

Arthroscopic surgery can restore your knee or shoulder and help you get back to your favorite activities. Book your appointment by calling the Oakland Orthopedic Institute office or schedule a consultation online now.