Two small incisions for the patient, one giant step for medicine: Arthroscopy.
The joy of my profession and my reputation as a surgeon is closely related with this patient-friendly method. For over 20 years, I have used it as a preferance for diagnostics and operations to accompany the technical progress and to expand my expertise.
Arthroscopy is like working in a microcosm. You insert a tiny camera into a joint and with equally miniaturized surgical tools you undertake all necessary steps, from incision to reconstruktion, shown enlarged on a monitor.
The method is so gentle, because the joint must not be opened, but only a few tiny incisions, each about 1-2 centimeters long, are carried out in order to use the camera and the necessary instruments. In addition, bleeding is stopped immediately and the joint is flushed during the entire procedure, which lowers the risk of infection and postoperative bleeding to a minimum. This accelerates the healing process and shortens the hospital stay.