Arthroscopic Surgery

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Anytime you can choose a minimally invasive procedure over open surgery, you’ll have a shorter recovery period with a much lower risk of complications. The highly experienced team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offers state-of-the-art arthroscopic surgery for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions for patients of all ages in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland. Call or request an appointment online to learn more.

Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A

What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a common orthopaedic procedure that allows your doctor to diagnose or correct a joint problem using a tiny camera, medical instruments, and just a few small incisions. Your doctor relies on the small camera and lighting system that illuminates your joint’s internal structures to reach a diagnosis or make repairs inside the damaged joint.  

Arthroscopic surgery is useful for diagnosing and repairing problems that involve the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Wrists or hands
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders


Some of the most common arthroscopic surgeries involve repairing damaged cartilage in your knee or a rotator cuff tear in your shoulder.

What Conditions Do Arthroscopic Surgeries Treat?

Arthroscopic surgeries are often effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Torn cartilage
  • Meniscus tears
  • ACL tears
  • Inflamed joint linings
  • Torn ligaments
  • Internal joint scarring
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Knee arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Loose bone or floating cartilage


Your doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery when nonsurgical treatment methods have failed to provide long-term pain relief, or if a joint repair can improve your overall quality of life.

What are the Advantages of Arthroscopic Surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which means:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less postoperative pain and swelling
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Faster recovery
  • Lower risk of infection at the incision site
  • Easier rehabilitation and return to usual activities


Most of the time, arthroscopic surgery is an outpatient procedure, so there’s no hospital stay required; you’re free to go home just a few hours after surgery. Your doctor may use a general or local anesthetic, depending on the complexity of the operation, which also influences your recovery time.

Since Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offers on-site physical therapy, you’ll return to the office as part of your recovery treatment plan. The highly skilled physical therapy and rehabilitation team help you heal and get back to your active lifestyle. They work in collaboration with your surgeon as part of a patient-centered treatment and rehabilitation program.

If you’re considering joint surgery to correct a chronic problem or an acute injury, call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online to learn more about minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for joint pain.