Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine

Dr. Dear is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat you in a minimally-invasive fashion. He uses very small incisions, a small camera, and specialized tools to be able to avoid the large scars and painful recovery that is associated with traditional “open” surgery. Dr. Dear performs arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee.

What happens during an arthroscopic procedure?

Arthroscopy is a day surgery that is done in an outpatient facility or a hospital. This means you should be able to go home the same day you get the procedure. Depending on the issue you have, Dr. Dear’s team will use general anesthesia with or without a “nerve block” to provide long-lasting pain relief that can last many hours after surgery.

Dr. Dear will make two to three small incisions (called “portals”) and use thin instruments and a tool known as an arthroscope with a light and camera to view the joint. He will use a sterile fluid to expand the joint and project an image of it onto a screen. He will diagnose any issues you may have and treat them at the same time.

Recovering from arthroscopy

After surgery, you may be in some pain that could require prescribed medication. Crutches, a splint, or a sling may be necessary as well. As is the case with other surgical procedures, you will need to take care of the incision areas, which are closed with stitches. Dr. Dear will give you extensive instructions for your particular condition and treatment.

Arthroscopy in sports medicine

This procedure is invaluable for injured athletes. Arthroscopy can help Dr. Dear get athletes back to their sport as quickly as possible. Arthroscopy is typically used for the following injuries (and more!).

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Loose bodies
  • Plica syndrome