If you have a problem with your bones, joints, or soft tissues, conservative treatments are highly effective in most instances. However, when all other approaches fail, the experienced team of surgeons at NJ Spine and Wellness delivers world-class, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery for patients who can't benefit from conservative treatments. To find out more and get better faster, call one of the NJ Spine and Wellness offices in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, or Old Bridge, New Jersey, to schedule a consultation or book online today.
You might need orthopedic surgery if you have an injury that can't heal without intervention. Participation in sporting activities is one of the leading causes of orthopedic injuries, some requiring surgery.
One example is a meniscus tear in your knee that affects the "white zone" cartilage (which has an inadequate blood supply). These tears won't be able to heal correctly unless surgically repaired.
Serious breaks like comminuted fractures (shattered bones) and compound fractures (where the bone is exposed or protruding from your skin) often require orthopedic surgery.
For most patients, nonsurgical approaches like physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, traction, joint or spine injections, laser therapy, and other interventions are successful in treating chronic orthopedic conditions.
Orthopedic surgery is typically only necessary for these conditions when all other treatment options have been tried without success or have exhausted their usefulness.
There are two main types of orthopedic surgery. Traditional open surgery requires the surgeon to make a long, often deep incision into the soft tissues to access the surgery site. This can cause significant tissue damage, blood loss, and pain, and it takes a while to recover.
Modern technology enables the surgical team at NJ Spine and Wellness to use minimally invasive orthopedic surgery techniques that avoid the drawbacks of open surgery. There are several different approaches to minimally invasive orthopedic surgery:
Minimally invasive surgery on your spine might involve using a system of tubes and dilators to pull the muscles away from your vertebrae rather than cutting them.
The dilators hold the muscles apart, while your surgeon uses specialized instruments that they insert down tubes placed in the gap made by the dilators. Your surgeon uses digital imaging technology to see the surgery site in detail.
Endoscopic surgery is a technique in which your surgeon inserts a tiny video camera into a small incision to access your spine. They use the images sent back by the camera to guide their surgical instruments.
Arthroscopy is a type of endoscopic surgery, but it uses a special kind of endoscope designed to work in your joints.
Awake surgery is one of the newest developments in spinal procedures. It’s possible to avoid general anesthetic in some cases by using liposomal bupivacaine, a local anesthetic that lasts for 72 hours.
The most common type of orthopedic surgery for sports injuries is a tendon or ligament repair or reconstruction. You might need a fracture repair, but joint replacement is more often a treatment for degenerative conditions like arthritis.
Procedures the NJ Spine and Wellness team might perform, include:
If you suffer an injury playing sports or during training, getting the right treatment is vital for a speedy and complete recovery. To discuss your requirements, call NJ Spine and Wellness or book an appointment online today.