Arthroscopy: Heal faster with less pain and minimal scarring

Arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique

An arthroscope is a device with a lens and a light source connected to a TV monitor. It has approximately the same diameter as a pencil and allows the surgeon to inspect a joint through very small incisions.

What is arthroscopy?

  • Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique.
  • Arthroscopic procedures are performed using a video camera.
  • Arthroscopy allows surgeons to view the space inside joints on a large HD screen (10x magnification).

  • Surgeons make small incisions to insert the camera and surgical instruments.

Benefits :

  • May usually be performed under regional anesthesia (patient is awake)
  • Small incisions, with minimal scarring
  • Outpatient procedure after which patients return home
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Fast recovery
  • Rapid resumption of normal activities
  • Complications are rare
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Arthroscopy became an increasingly popular method for shoulder and elbow surgery in the 1980s and 90s. At the time, it was a major technological breakthrough. The invention of new high-tech tools made it possible to perform major surgeries arthroscopically that formerly required large incisions and major dissections. The development of these arthroscopic techniques significantly reduced postoperative pain, sped up recovery, and helped reduce the rate of certain complications related to open surgery.

Lengthy specialized training is required to master arthroscopic techniques. While generally very safe, in less than 1% of cases, arthroscopy can lead to infectious, neurological, or vascular complications.

Arthroscopy and Dr. Beauchamp

In the mid-90s, Dr. Marc Beauchamp decided to focus on arthroscopy for shoulders and elbows. He helped advance the development of arthroscopic technology by conducting applied clinical research and inventing new surgical instruments. He had the opportunity to present these technical advancements at scientific conferences in both the US and Europe. Dr. Beauchamp has published, both as the sole author and as a collaborator, many scientific articles in specialized orthopaedic surgery journals. Read more 

To date, Dr. Beauchamp has performed more than 8,000 arthroscopic shoulder and elbow procedures. His expertise has earned him a place among both the Canadian and international medical elite.

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