No crutches, no overnight stays. In most cases, patients come out of surgery amazed at how good they feel. In fact, many sit with their families after surgery and enjoy an AOI-catered lunch while watching their orthopedic surgery procedure video. Just a few hours after the procedure, patients are allowed to go home to relax.
Outpatient surgery means a patient can return home on the same day that a surgical procedure is performed. Since there is no need for hospital admission, the amount of medication needed is reduced, and the patient can recover at home.
Outpatient surgery is great for healthy people, and has become very popular in the United States. Dr. Snyder has long recognized the advantages of outpatient surgery. While many advanced procedures traditionally require open surgery at the hospital, Dr. Snyder and his highly skilled support team are able to operate in AOI’s infection-free, comfortable and friendly outpatient setting.
- Less-invasive procedures — Arthroscopic incisions are far less traumatic for the body to heal than the traditional scalpel openings.
- A team approach — involving the surgeon, anesthesia provider, and registered nurses – that assists the patient through both the surgery and the home recovery.
- More advanced surgical instruments, equipment and pharmacy medications of the highest quality – Our primary instrument is the arthroscope which is fitted with a miniature camera, a light source and precision tools for a wide range of surgical repairs.
This is where the right diagnosis, careful preparations, the latest equipment, and years of experience have combined to revolutionize orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Bill Snyder has performed thousands of these procedures, using innovative approaches resulting in:
- Less time spent in surgery
- Less scarring
- Less recovery time
What is it?
An innovative technique first used in the 1960s, arthroscopic surgery is now the preferred course of action for many types of orthopaedic injuries. In skilled hands, it is far superior to typical open orthopaedic surgery. The arthroscope is a small, pencil-sized fiber-optic viewing instrument made up of a tiny lens, a light source and a video camera. Using two or three small incision sites – called portals – Dr. Snyder gently places the arthroscope into the joint and the camera transmits what it sees onto a larger screen in the operating room. In this way, Dr. Snyder can diagnose and surgically correct a vast array of joint problems such as tendon and ligament tears. Dr. Snyder has performed thousands of these procedures, developing a unique approach that, when combined with outstanding anesthesia, is much appreciated by his patients.
What are the benefits?
Arthroscopic surgery has dramatically changed the way knee and shoulder injuries are treated.
Compared to traditional open hospital-based surgery, outpatient arthroscopic surgery at AOI :
- Is minimally invasive – just two or three pea-sized incisions – resulting in less scarring.
- Takes less time – usually less than one hour.
- Dramatically reduces the risk of infection.
- Allows patients to return home just an hour or so after surgery.
- Shortens recovery time. Patients usually can resume limited daily activities shortly thereafter.
What happens during surgery?
Dr. Snyder makes the necessary incisions and inserts the arthroscope into the joint. Typical incision sites and sizes for knee arthroscopy are shown at right. These incisions result in very small scars, which in many cases are unnoticeable.
Once Dr. Snyder has the camera in place, he can confirm the diagnosis and, with the support of MRI, X-ray, patient history and a physical exam, can treat the problem gently and effectively.
What about recovery and rehabilitation?
The incisions will take several days to heal, and the joint will take several weeks to fully recover. Remember, each person’s response is usually based on the amount of swelling instead of the extent of surgery, so recovery times will vary. Often those who are in good physical condition can resume athletic activities within a few weeks. Dr. Snyder helps each patient with a focused rehabilitation program to support a speedy recovery.
Want to See Your Own Surgery?
Dr. Snyder encourages you to view your own surgery. As a standard practice, AOI records every surgical procedure throughout. A set of these images (or photographs) and unedited DVD will be given to you upon discharge.
There are some very important instructions you must understand and follow prior to surgery. These instructions will be reviewed by the pre-operative nurse. Following are some examples:
- It is important that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. This includes water, ice or even chewing gum.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking the night before your surgery.
- Wear comfortable clothing, no make-up and leave jewelry at home.
— Knee surgery: easy to slip-on gym shorts are recommended.
— Shoulder surgery: buttoned shirts that are easy to reach into will make getting dressed more comfortable after surgery.
- Please make arrangements to have a ride following surgery since you may not drive yourself home.
- We have lockers for clothes and other personal belongings during your surgery; however, we do not recommend you bring any valuable jewelry or cash.
- Following surgery, you must have someone with you at home for at least 24 hours.
Dr. Snyder is very proud to have Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who work at the facility. If you would like to discuss your anesthesia prior to the date of your surgery, please contact the nurse to make these arrangements. Otherwise, you will meet the anesthesia provider and have a discussion with him/her immediately prior to your surgery.
If you have any questions give us a call: 956-686-2663