Orthopedic Surgeons in Tyler, TX
Azalea Orthopedics believes everyone deserves full function of their body without experiencing pain and difficulty. As the leading orthopedic surgery practice serving Tyler and the greater East Texas area, we’re proud to offer a wide range of surgeries and treatments to help our patients regain mobility and eliminate pain. Whether you’re looking for a knee replacement surgery, a shoulder replacement, or any other surgical treatment, our orthopedic surgeons will work with you to make the process as convenient as possible; we’re proud to offer our patients multiple options for eliminating pain, including a wide range of minimally invasive surgery procedures.
What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery, or MI surgery, is a surgical procedure that uses a small, targeted incision instead of a large one. Traditionally, operations have been performed using a large-scale incision that exposes the entire joint or operating area. This procedure is still effective for many surgeries, but it also leaves a large incision scar and soft-tissue damage surrounding the surgical site. Modern surgical technology allows us to perform many surgeries without the need for these large incisions, instead using one or more small, targeted incisions to pinpoint the affected area. Ultimately, this method allows the surgeon to cut less muscle resulting in reduced scar tissue, less damage to soft tissue areas, and makes the recovery process more comfortable for patients.
How Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Work?
In the past, surgeons would create large incisions to expose the entire surgery area, as this allowed them to see what needed to be done. Through advancements in technology, we can now perform minimally invasive surgeries using a series of pinpoint incisions. Our Orthopedic Specialists use a device called an arthroscope, which is a small lighted camera on the end of a tube, to visualize the surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon then uses a series of other instruments inserted through pinpoint incisions to perform the surgery, which is broadcast to a TV screen for viewing. Instead of one large incision scar, these minimally invasive surgeries leave only a series of pinpoint scars and do less damage to soft tissues surrounding the sites.
Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Solutions
Not all patients are candidates for surgical procedures; more importantly, surgery should only be considered after conservative methods have been exhausted. Our non-surgical specialists treat back/neck pain, joint pain, nerve injuries, painful musculoskeletal conditions, and sports injuries with several minimally invasive procedures such as: joint injections, spinal cord stimulation, and nerve blocks. Many of these techniques are performed without the use of general anesthesia; alternatively, our physicians use a local anesthetic to numb the focused area. Many of these procedures do not require hospitalization. Our specialists are at the forefront of technology, and we use advanced procedure methods like ultrasound guided injections for accurate, precise delivery of medication to the affected joint.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries in Tyler & East Texas
We’re proud to offer a wide range of minimally invasive surgeries, with an ever-growing list of procedures. As the technology improves, we’re able to perform more and more surgeries through a minimally invasive, arthroscopic approach. Here are the minimally invasive surgeries we offer to our East Texas patients: