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Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

Around 1.77 million arthroscopic procedures are done each year in the United States. This makes the minimally invasive approach to surgery the preferred one. At Utah Orthopaedics, in Ogden, Utah, the team of world-class orthopaedic surgeons offers knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist arthroscopy. They’re one of a handful of Utah orthopaedic practices to also offer hip arthroscopy. Call the office now or schedule your appointment online.

Arthroscopy Q&A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a specialized surgical approach used to diagnose and treat joint problems. This approach is a minimally invasive way to repair and restore your joint and its connected tissues without major, large-incision surgery.

At Utah Orthopaedics, the expert surgeons use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat the knees, elbows, shoulders, and hips.

When might I need an arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is very helpful in diagnosing conditions that might not appear on imaging procedures. Your surgeon can use arthroscopy to definitively determine what’s causing your stiffness, pain, or range-of-motion problems. In many cases, they can proceed with a surgical correction right away. Some conditions that can require arthroscopy include:


Shoulder arthroscopy can treat rotator cuff tears, superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) tears, loose cartilage, biceps tendon damage, fractures, impingements, shoulder instability, and other shoulder problems.


Knee arthroscopy can treat problems like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, meniscus tears, loose cartilage, misaligned patella, and many others.


Elbow arthroscopy treats tennis elbow, loose cartilage, scar tissue buildup, arthritis, fractures, and other problems.


Ankle arthroscopy treats loose cartilage, damaged cartilage, impingements, ligament tears, and arthritis, among other problems.


Hip arthroscopy is used to treat labrum tears, impingements, dysplasia, loose cartilage, and, possibly, problems caused by arthritis. Hip arthroscopy is a complex procedure requiring highly specialized surgical skills. Utah Orthopaedics is one of the very few practices in the state to offer it.

The Utah Orthopaedics team surgeons have extensive experience in all kinds of arthroscopy.

What can I expect from arthroscopy?

The team of expert Utah Orthopaedics surgeons performs arthroscopy on an outpatient basis in most cases. Although arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, you need anesthesia to remain comfortable during the surgery.

Your Utah Orthopaedics surgeon makes tiny incisions — less than a quarter-inch each — above your joint. Your surgeon inserts a tool containing a camera and light (the arthroscope) through one incision and then watches live images on a video screen.

Your surgeon can then make a diagnosis, and if needed, insert surgical instruments through additional incisions to do repairs. The procedure takes 30 minutes to two hours, based on the procedure’s complexity and the treatment area.

Arrange an appointment through online scheduling or by calling the Utah Orthopaedics office today.