Arthroscopic surgery uses an arthroscope, also known as an endoscope, which is a slender flexible tube containing fiber optics to transmit visual information from a camera located at one end of the scope. The average diameter is 2.75 mm, a little more than one tenth of an inch, and some can be as narrow as 1.1 mm.
The camera at the end of the arthroscope allows an orthopedic surgeon to make a very careful and detailed examination of a particular joint. There is no need to cut open the entire joint causing the human body to experience a severe amount of trauma; only a very small incision is necessary to allow entry for the arthroscope.
The release of carpal tunnel syndrome requires one or two very small incisions. The principle is the same for both procedures with the only difference being that with the single incision the camera and surgical cutting instruments are at the end of a single arthroscope The procedure using two incisions uses two arthroscopes; one with the camera and the other with the surgical instruments.
While it might seem that using surgical instruments that are so tiny would be more dangerous, surgeons like Dr, Greg Finch of Australia, are well trained in their use and the camera imaging is viewed on a wide screen television monitor.
Shoulder arthroscopy and decompression requires three incisions. The first one allows and an endoscopic tube to pump fluid into the shoulder joint causing it to expand so there is room enough for the surgeon to see exactly what the issue is within the shoulder. The second and third incisions are for the camera and the surgical tools t the end of separate arthroscopes.
Dr. Greg Finch is an orthopedic surgeon currently practicing in Australia and is a ‘Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.’
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, with their main office in Melbourne, Australia, is dedicated to high standards of surgical education and training and has three levels of association with the ‘Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ being the highest honor.
Dr. Greg Finch has specialized in spinal surgery with an intense focus on continuing to learn and be aware of the latest advancement in this field of surgery. He has study abroad from his home in Australia spending time in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.
Dr. Greg Finch is also a member of the Spine society of Australia and the North American Spine Society known as NASS.