Arthroscopy Specialist

Pacifica Orthopedics

Orthopedic Specialists located in Huntington Beach, CA

Arthroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose and treat the conditions that affect your joints, from torn ligaments to degenerative disease. Emile Wakim, MD, at Pacifica Orthopedics has extensive experience performing arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle joints. If you suffer from pain and limited movement in these joints and need medical or surgical care, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.


What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to diagnose the cause of your joint symptoms and to perform surgery to repair the problem.

The procedure is minimally invasive because it uses a few very small incisions rather than the single, long incision required for traditional open surgery.

The primary piece of equipment, the arthroscope, is an advanced, pencil-thin device that contains a fiber-optic light and a high-definition video camera. The camera sends images to a monitor with a clarity that allows Dr. Wakim to see the smallest details.

When you need a surgical procedure, Dr. Wakim uses specialized surgical tools contained in narrow tubes. They’re inserted through other small incisions, then controlled by the doctor from outside your body.

What conditions may need an arthroscopy?

Dr. Wakim performs diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy for your knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle joints. They may recommend arthroscopy for joint problems such as inflammation, degeneration, nerve compression, and injuries to tendons and ligaments.

A few examples of common arthroscopic procedures include:

  • Repairing torn meniscus
  • Reconstructing the ACL
  • Reconstructing ankle ligaments
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Bone spur removal
  • Damaged tissue removal
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Repairing wrist fracture

Dr. Wakim may also remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage from inside the joint.

What is the Subchondroplasty® Procedure (SCP)?

Often performed with arthroscopy, the SCP is a cutting-edge procedure that targets and fills a subchondral bone defect. Subchondral bone is located just below articular cartilage in a joint, where it supports the cartilage and helps absorb shock.

Subchondral bone is commonly damaged in weight-bearing joints like the knee and ankle and is often associated with knee osteoarthritis.

When damage is found, SCP is a minimally invasive, fluoroscopically guided procedure that repairs the defect by filling it with a bone substitute. As the defect heals, new bone replaces the substitute.

What are the benefits of arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is typically an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day rather than spending several days in the hospital.

A few small incisions cause significantly less trauma than the long incision used during open surgery. As a result, arthroscopy offers health benefits such as:

  • Minimal bleeding
  • Fewer complications
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less joint stiffness
  • Quicker recovery
  • Minimal scarring

In most cases, Dr. Wakim doesn’t need to cut your muscles because the tools are so narrow they can be gently inserted between muscle fibers.

You’ll need to limit the use of your joint for a short time following arthroscopy, although the length of time depends on your procedure.

With all types of procedures, arthroscopy means your recovery time is shorter, so you can start rehabilitation earlier and get back in action sooner.

If you have knee, shoulder, wrist, or ankle pain, or you know you need a surgical procedure, call Pacifica Orthopedics or book an appointment online to see if you’re a good candidate for arthroscopy.