Arthroscopic implants are specialized medical devices used in arthroscopic surgery which involves making small incisions in the skin for inserting a thin, flexible tube called an arthroscope into the joint. Arthroscope is equipped with a camera allowing the surgeon to view the joint on a monitor and treat joint-related conditions such as ruptured joints, internal tissue damage such as torn ligaments, cartilage, & tendons, bone grafting.
What are Arthroscopic implants made of?
These orthopedic implants are typically made of biocompatible materials such as metals or polymers e.g surgical steel, titanium. Titanium is widely used material for manufacturing orthopedic implants due to its high strength and low weight. Some arthroscopic implants are made of biodegradable materials such as bioabsorbable polymers, which break down into smaller fragments that can be metabolized and eliminated by the body’s natural processes. Biodegradable arthroscopic implants offer the advantage of avoiding the need for a second surgery to remove the implant once the healing process is complete.
What medical conditions are treated using arthroscopic orthopedic implants?
Arthroscopic implants are primarily employed in arthroscopic procedures, which involve the use of an arthroscope (a small, flexible camera) inserted into the joint through a small incision. Some common applications of arthroscopic implants include:
Which joints can be treated using arthroscopic implants?
Arthroscopic implants can be utilized for the repair of torn ligaments, cartilage and tendons of knee, hip, spine, foot & ankle, shoulder & elbow arthroscopy, and other joints.
What are the different types of arthroscopic implant?
There are many types of arthroscopic implants available, each designed for specific applications and joint procedures. The specific types and designs of arthroscopic implants can vary depending on the joint being treated and the surgeon’s preference. Here are a few examples of arthroscopic implants commonly used in orthopedic surgery:
What are the benefits of arthroscopic implants over other implants?
Arthroscopic implants offer several advantages in the field of orthopedic surgery. These orthopedic implants enable targeted treatment of specific joint structures such as damaged ligaments, tendons, cartilage or bone structures. Arthroscopic procedures using these implants are minimally invasive compared to traditional open surgeries. They involve smaller incisions hence less trauma to surrounding tissues and structures as compared to open surgeries; less post-operative pain & discomfort; reduced scarring & risk of complications; faster recovery and rehabilitation.
What are the factors for choosing biodegradable arthroscopic implants?
The choice of whether to use biodegradable or non-biodegradable implants depends on several factors, including the intended application, expected healing timeline, and surgeon’s preference.