Minimally Invasive Surgery in Westchester County, New York

Many orthopaedic procedures and associated technology have advanced to deliver benefits such as increasingly smaller incisions, less scarring, and shorter recovery times.  The surgery specialists at Specialty Orthopaedics serve the Westchester, New York area by providing comprehensive treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through the development of new techniques and the advancement of research, staying on the forefront of the ever-evolving field of orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Steven Zelicof has practiced in the Westchester area since 1990 and acts as the chief of Department for Orthopaedic Surgery at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Zelicof has been trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the hip, knee and shoulder.  He and the surgical team at Specialty Orthopaedics utilize computer assisted surgical procedures to complete these arthroscopic procedures, increasing accuracy and helping to decrease impact and recovery time.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is one of the most common forms of minimally invasive surgery.  During an arthroscopic surgical procedure, surgeons rely on miniaturized camera systems to look inside a patient’s body and examine the area being operated on. After creating a small incision, the surgeon can insert the camera into the targeted area to get a real-time look at the inside of the joint, an ability previously only afforded by the large incisions necessary for exploratory surgery.

Knee Arthroscopy

Using arthroscopic techniques, surgeons can examine the entire knee joint without cutting open the leg.  Utilizing just a few small incisions, the surgical team can look under the kneecap to find arthritic damage to the cushioning pad of cartilage, for example. By determining how much cartilage has been affected, surgeons can decide whether a total knee replacement procedure or a partial knee replacement procedure is necessary.  Arthroscopic techniques are also used to remove damaged cartilage during partial knee replacement surgery and knee resurfacing surgery.

Similarly, wrist, ankle and shoulder replacement procedures have benefitted greatly from advances in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery.  Torn or damaged ligaments and cartilage in the knee, ankle, and shoulder can be accessed and repaired using arthroscopic surgery, while carpel tunnel syndrome can be addressed in the wrist using the techniques. With both hand & upper extremity specialists and joint reconstruction specialists practicing at Specialty Orthopaedics, you are sure to receive the most attentive care in the Westchester area.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Recovery time after most types of minimally invasive surgery can be significantly shorter than previous open surgery methods.  Although arthroscopic procedures still require anesthesia and are considered major surgery, the nature of the procedure lessens impact on the body as well as long term scarring.  Patients are left to deal with strategically placed incisions that are much smaller than those resulting from open surgery, which can also lead to the reduction of surgical complications like infection..