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Most Common Outpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

Orthopedic surgeries usually involve operations in the musculoskeletal system, which comprises the bones and muscles, as well as tendons, joints, and ligaments. The word “surgery” might seem terrifying to some patients, especially with thoughts of a long hospital stay and recovery.

However, there are actually plenty of common orthopedic surgeries that are done on an outpatient basis where hospital admission is no longer needed. Here are the most common outpatient orthopedic surgeries usually performed in an outpatient surgery center in NC.

1. Surgery to repair the rotator cuff 

An outpatient surgery to repair the rotator cuff of the shoulder may be done through a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy or keyhole surgery. In this process, surgeons at the surgery center in the Triangle make a small incision in the injured shoulder and then repair or reconstruct the injury with the use of thin surgical instruments.

Usually, this procedure is recommended when the patient can no longer find relief from nonsurgical treatments like medications, injections, and physical therapy, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The patient will be asked to sit in a reclined chair or an operating table during the operation. After the injured shoulder has been sterilized and cleaned, the surgeon will inject a fluid to properly see the injury through the arthroscope. The arthroscope projects the image on a screen, from which the surgeon can see the damage that needs to be repaired. 

The recovery period for this type of outpatient surgery takes about one to two hours in the hospital. Once home, the patient may still be asked to take it easy for a few weeks until the shoulder has completely healed.

2. Surgery to repair the knee or meniscectomy

Meniscectomy is another form of arthroscopy or keyhole surgery to fix a tear in knee ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This process is similar to the rotator cuff repair, wherein the surgeon at the surgery center in the Triangle uses an arthroscope and thin instruments to repair the damage. 

However, this type of outpatient orthopedic surgery will still depend on the extent of the tear in the knees. If the damage is minimal, and won’t have a great impact on the patient’s activity level in the future, then the doctor may perform this procedure. Otherwise, the patient might have to undergo open knee surgery, per the University of Michigan Medicine.

A knee surgery takes about two to four weeks of recovery time. Returning to vigorous activities, however, will depend on the doctor’s evaluation and advice. 

3. Neuroplasty for carpal tunnel

This procedure involves injecting corticosteroids to the fingers to provide relief from pain, numbness, and weakness of the hands brought about by carpal tunnel syndrome. In some cases, the doctor might conduct an endoscopic surgery, or a small incision to the wrist joint, to alleviate the pressure against the nerves and tendons of the fingers. 

This outpatient surgery, also known as the median nerve anterior transposition procedure, has been proven to reduce the intolerable pain and tingling in the hands of a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Learn more about Raleigh Outpatient Surgery Center, Nc

Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is the first and only orthopedic surgery center in the triangle to specialize exclusively in orthopedic surgery. Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic surgeons perform more than 4,000 outpatient orthopedic procedures on an annual basis.

Our experienced team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other professional staff work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for you. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center has board-certified surgeons and physicians with advanced training in their respective sub-specialties.

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center, NC, is committed to providing you with world-class services during your treatment. Your care will at all times be physician-directed and patient-focused.

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