Minimally-Invasive Surgical Techniques
Based on research and experience, our surgical techniques continue to evolve.
Because they are under pressure to get back on the field and into the
game, professional athletes can be our most demanding patients. As a result,
our physicians have continued to innovate surgery methods that allow for
quick, effective recovery.
Clinical research performed on former patients and athletes also contributes
to the evolution and enhancement of individual surgical procedures. This
experience is in turn passed on to all of our
Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic patients who require orthopedic care—not just professional athletes.
Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical technique where two small
incisions are made at the shoulder, knee, or ankle. One incision is for
the arthroscope (a small flexible tube that allows the surgeon to see
inside the joint), and the other incision gives access for the surgical
instruments. When compared with the traditional open surgical procedure,
this technique involves less trauma to the muscles, allowing for better
joint stability and a quicker, less painful recovery.
Recovery from Surgery
Modern medical advances have made it possible for most of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic
Clinic's patients to have elective surgery and return home the same
day. There is also an extended recovery area on site where a patient may
stay for 23 hours following surgery before going home. This affordable
and convenient alternative to overnight hospitalization has earned us
the reputation as the region's "Center of Excellence for Outpatient Surgery." Any complex surgeries requiring inpatient hospitalization are performed
at local medical centers.