Even though we’re surgeons, we don’t necessarily treat every injury or condition with surgery. In most cases, surgery is performed only if nonsurgical options have not been effective at resolving the problem. We work with you to determine the right treatment option for you and your situation.
At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we perform the least invasive procedures possible for your situation. Minimally invasive surgery requires a small incision and a tiny camera to be inserted into the surgical site to guide surgeons through the procedure. Surgeons then insert small surgical instruments through the incision to perform the surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery can be used to align and stabilize fractures of the wrist, repair torn cartilage or ligaments, remove ganglion cysts, ease arthritis pain, and much more. Each case is different, however, and may require different treatment.
Minimally invasive techniques mean less scarring and a shorter recovery time, getting you back to your life quicker.
Open surgery may be required in some cases. With some fractures, for example, surgery may be required to align the bones and secure them in place, using pins, screws, plates, or surgical wires to hold the bones still so they heal properly.
With advancements in techniques, incisions are smaller than ever.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will advise you on recovery time, which varies depending on your injury and the type of surgery you have. After surgery, rehabilitation will help you improve function and regain strength and flexibility.