In-office arthroscopy is an innovative procedure utilized by our physicians to provide real-time diagnosis. A possible alternative to MRI, this hand-held arthroscope, mi-eye 2 by Trice Medical, provides our surgeons, and you, instant, accurate answers.
In-office arthroscopy procedure in Overland Park & Lee’s Summit
Unlike a traditional diagnostic arthroscopy, this procedure is done while you remain awake using a local numbing of the joint. The needle and camera design streamlines the procedure allowing you to get answers to your joint pain in the first office visit.
- Sterile the procedure site
- Local anesthetic is provided to numb skin and surrounding area to reduce pain
- Doctor inserts the mi-eye needle-camera into the joint
- Doctor examines joint and views vivid picture on HD tablet, providing real-time diagnosis
- After procedure, which lasts approximately 5- 10min, area is covered with a bandage and patient returns to normal activities and determines treatment plan with physician
View the full procedure (disclaimer – sharp needles):
Benefits of in-office arthroscopy
An injured knee or shoulder can sometime take weeks to visualize and diagnose with an MRI. This diagnostic procedure is faster, providing real-time, vivid imaging that benefits both patient and doctor with the answers necessary to determine the best treatment –all in just one visit. Typically, patients are able to spend less time waiting for results, more time getting back on the road to recovery.
In a study published in American Journal of Orthopedics, the mi-eye unit identified more meniscal tears, intra-articular loose bodies, ACL tears and OCD lesions than MRI did. In another study published in the Journal of Arthroscopy, the accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of in-office arthroscopy was equivalent to surgical diagnostic arthroscopy and more accurate than MRI.
The in-office arthroscopy is also a safe alternative diagnostic plan for patients who are not candidates for an MRI. Read more about the benefits here.
This arthroscope technique is ideal for patients who want immediate answers. It is also ideal for patients who are not candidates for MRIs. Injuries to the shoulder, knee, elbow and hip can potentially be diagnosed through this procedure.
Risks, Side Effects, Coverage
This procedure cannot be performed on patients with an active infection. Patients have tolerated the procedure very well, with most reporting little to no pain. It is important to note that every patient is different, and pain may be variable. In some cases, an MRI may still be necessary if incomplete visualization of the joint occurs.
Most major insurance carriers cover the procedures. Some insurances do require prior authorization. However, validated procedural history has indicated that prior authorization is patient and plan dependent. In-office arthroscopy is typically more cost effective than an MRI.
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