London Bunion offers Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery in Central London and Essex. Read the information below if you are considering bunion surgery. As with any medical conditions it is best to seek professional advice. Please contact one of our PAs to book your consultation.
Arthroscopic surgery is a type of keyhole surgery used both to diagnose and treat problems with joints. Also known as arthroscopy, it involves the use of a device called an arthroscope to examine the joints. This is a thin, metal tube about the length and width of a drinking straw that contains a light source and a camera. Images are sent from the arthroscope to a video screen or an eyepiece so the surgeon is able to see inside the joint.
Tiny surgical instruments can be used alongside an arthroscope to allow the surgeon to treat certain joint conditions including repairing cartilage damage, removing bone spurs and fixing ligaments.
As the equipment used during an arthroscopy is so small, only minor cuts need to be made in the skin. This means the procedure has some potential advantages over traditional “open” surgery. These include less pain after the operation, a faster healing time, lower risk of infection and being able to return to normal activities more quickly.
Arthroscopic surgery might be recommended if you have problems such as persistent joint pain, swelling or stiffness, and scans have not been able to identify the cause. The procedure will usually be done under general anaesthetic and performed as a day case meaning you’ll normally be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.
More information on Arthroscopic surgery is available here: NHS Choices .