Arthroscopic surgery utilizes modern imaging and cameras to perform safe, less invasive procedures on the temporomandibular (jawbone) joints. Patients who schedule an arthroscopic surgery in Canton or Akron, Ohio, are encouraged to ask questions and voice any concerns they have about their appointment. See your dentist or physician for a referral. Before starting, an anesthesiologist will place an IV to keep the patient sedated while their oral surgeon performs the procedure. After making a small incision, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons will insert a small tube containing optical lenses and fibers. This instrument is linked to a monitor, allowing Dr. David C. Ash and Dr. R. Neil Sundheimer to examine the site and perform the procedure without more incisions. Each step will be monitored through this video feed in live time, allowing our doctors to work quickly and efficiently throughout your surgery.
With this procedure, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can complete your surgery with less invasion and less patient recovery time. Rehabilitation and scarring is reduced when compared with traditional operations. Studies have shown that arthroscopic surgery is effective when treating some cases of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorders. Some recovery time will be needed, and that can range from several days to a full week. The Institute of Jaw and Facial Surgery may recommend a soft-food diet and a period of physical therapy. Some temporary pain is to be expected post-surgery. However, if there is extensive or prolonged pain, please reach out to your oral and maxillofacial surgeons.