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Arthroscopy Specialist

David M. Bloome, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

David M. Bloome, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to diagnose and treat a variety of bone and joint conditions. David M. Bloome, MD is an experienced orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon in Houston who offers arthroscopy for patients of all ages with chronic foot, ankle, and joint conditions. If you no longer get relief from more conservative treatments, arthroscopy may be your next option. Call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool to learn more.

Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows surgeons to “see” inside your joint so they’re able to diagnose and treat your specific condition as effectively as possible. During an arthroscopic exam, Dr. Bloome makes a small incision in the joints of your foot or ankle so he is able to insert a small, pencil-sized instrument. This device contains a camera and light that transmits through fiber optics so Dr. Bloome can see inside your joint.

The images from inside your joint are transmitted onto a large video screen so Dr. Bloome can clearly see the joint and surrounding cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Through the advanced technology of arthroscopy, Dr. Bloome makes an accurate diagnosis so he can recommend the most effective treatment options for your specific condition.

What are the advantages of arthroscopy?

Since arthroscopy is minimally invasive, you can typically undergo this procedure as an outpatient, so you won’t have to stay in the hospital. Additionally, if Dr. Bloome performs any type of procedure to repair your joint via arthroscopy, there is less recovery time than with open surgical procedures. Arthroscopy also reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue and structures of your foot or ankle, since the incision is much smaller than with many traditional surgeries.

Additionally, since the incision is smaller than with open surgery, your risk of infection is lower. For some, a return to sports and an active lifestyle is much sooner than with more invasive surgeries or other types of treatments.

When is ankle arthroscopy used?

Dr. Bloome may recommend arthroscopy for numerous ankle conditions and treatments, including:

  • Arthritis that’s reached a severe stage
  • Repairing a bone fracture
  • Tightening ligaments for better stability
  • Aligning bones and cartilage
  • Removing bone spurs
  • Identifying and removing scar tissue
  • Treating infections around the joint
  • Finding and removing floating pieces of cartilage, bone, and scar tissue

Ankle arthroscopy can address several other conditions as well, so it’s best to consult Dr. Bloome if you have a condition that may benefit from this procedure. The majority of women and men who undergo ankle arthroscopy have good to excellent restorative outcomes.

If you think arthroscopy for your ankle or foot could be helpful, and you want to avoid more invasive surgeries, call the Houston office or schedule a consultation using the online system today.