I am Dr. Frank McCormick. Arthroscopy is an excellent treatment option for patient’s suffering from joint pain and has not done better with physical therapy and cortisone. Arthroscopy allows us to directly look into the joint and figure out what the problem is and repair it at the same time. Arthroscopy of the shoulder allows me to identify rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and even biceps tears. Arthroscopy of the hip allows me to address labral tears and even femoroacetabular impingement. Arthroscopy of the knee allows me to identify meniscal tears, ACL tears, cartilage damage, and even perform cartilage and meniscal transplants at the same time. The patient’s often go home within a few hours after the surgery and are back to their normal life soon after with a confident reliable return to the normal life and even return to sports.
Georgiy Brusovanik, M.D.
Minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery is indicated when my patient have not responded to conservative management or have a problem that needs to be addressed urgently. This approach allows for the precise diagnosis, addresses the problem without significant damage to the joint, and enables a rapid return to normal life for my patients.
Arthroscopy allows me to visualize the entire joint to make an accurate diagnosis, that MRI or X-rays may not be able to see. Many times, the reason for a patient’s pain becomes so clear during the arthroscopy. Once accurately identified, it is very easy to address the problem correctly during the arthroscopy.
Arthroscopy incisions are very small in size and often will leave very little scar. Importantly, I can work around the important structures in the joint to allow for a safe and rapid recovery. This approach translates to significant benefit. In many of my arthroscopic surgeries, patients have minimal or no pain after surgery are able to lightly use the joint the next day (including walking around), and are back to normal activities within 48-72 hours.
How to Know If You Need A Joint Preservation Arthroscopy?
You know you’re as young as you feel – and you feel years younger. Unfortunately, your joints haven’t received the memo. Your joint pain has made it tough for you to go out and enjoy your usual activities. It even wakes you up in the middle of the night.
While you’re looking for answers to your pain, you’re not sure if you need arthroscopy surgery. After all, it’s a big surgery – how do you know if it’s the right answer to your joint pain?
Frank McCormick, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Miami Beach specializes in sports medicine and biologic joint preservation. Dr. McCormick recommends that patients schedule a joint preservation arthroscopy consultation with their orthopedic surgeons if they experience the following symptoms:
- Your joint pain is waking you up in the middle of the night. As soon as your joint pain starts interfering with your sleep cycle, you’ll want to immediately make an appointment with your doctor.
- Your joint pain has made it difficult for you to do the activities that you once enjoyed. For example, if you were once an avid walker and can no longer sustain the same level of activity, you might need a joint preservation arthroscopy.
- Your joint pain is making it hard for you to do necessary functions. If you find yourself having trouble getting in and out of chairs, sitting for a prolonged period of time. 4. If you’ve tried other treatments – and haven’t experienced any long-term relief from your joint pain – a joint preservation arthroscopy might be the right answer.
Joint Preservation arthroscopy requires a confident decision. If you haven’t tried more conservative treatments yet – or you’re still able to enjoy and perform normal activities – a joint preservation arthroscopy is not right for you. However, you can still schedule an appointment to determine preventative treatments and alternative therapies.
I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your team for doing such an amazing job today. Not only are you all incredibly professional but also extremely nice and personable people who have been so helpful and willing over the last month. Please extend my thanks to the others who were there today. I will keep you posted on my progress.
All the best,