This area of orthopedic surgery generally refers to the treatment of soft tissue disorders of the joints, including injuries to the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. While many of the conditions we treat can occur during sports participation, it is also common for patient to experience injuries during daily life. The goal of a Sports Medicine Surgeon is to restore and preserve normal functioning of the joints to get a patient back to their desired activity level. This may involve physical therapy, therapeutic injections, or surgical procedures. Dr. Elkin is happy to discuss the best approach to returning to your stated goals.
Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that utilizes specialized equipment, including a small camera and tiny instruments, to perform surgery through key-hole sized incisions. A special pump is utilized to fill the joint with fluid, which helps to distend the joint and allow appropriate visualization of the anatomical structures inside the body. Interestingly, this means we are really operating 'under water'! Dr. Elkin is able to perform most surgeries in this manner, including Shoulder, Hip, and Knee arthroscopy. The benefit of an arthroscopic surgery is smaller incisions and more accurate anatomical restoration.
Invasiveness, or the surgical approach, needs to be tailored to the patient and recovery. Smaller incisions and gentle soft tissue handling can speed your recovery.
Dr. Elkin is trained in the latest techniques of shoulder replacement surgery, including anatomic and reverse prostheses.