Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ryan Taylor, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Lehi, UT & Orem, UT

As a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, Ryan Taylor, MD, MPH, uses the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat chronic pain and improve your ability to stay physically active. At his practice, with an office in Orem and two in Lehi, Utah, Dr. Taylor offers minimally invasive surgeries, including arthroscopy, to address pain and damage in your hips, knees, and other joints. Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery by calling the office nearest you or by requesting a consultation online now.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Before modern advances in surgery were available, orthopedic surgeons made joint repairs and replacements through traditional open surgery that requires large incisions to access the joint. 

Today, minimally invasive surgical techniques are available to make necessary repairs without causing unnecessary trauma to your body.

One of the most common minimally invasive surgical techniques for orthopedic conditions is arthroscopy. Arthroscopy requires only small incisions and specialized instruments to access and repair the affected joint.

Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery offers many benefits over traditional surgery and Dr. Taylor specializes in these techniques to address a variety of chronic conditions or acute injuries that affect the health of the joints in your:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders

Dr. Taylor can determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery by reviewing your medical history and assessing the severity of your pain and disability from an orthopedic condition.

What can I expect during minimally invasive surgery?

Because minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions and causes less trauma to your body than traditional surgery, Dr. Taylor can often perform surgery on an outpatient basis, meaning no expensive hospital stay.

During your surgery, you can expect to receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and asleep. Dr. Taylor follows a customized surgical plan, making small incisions in specific areas around your joint. Through these incisions, he inserts a slender arthroscope that has a camera attached.

The camera transmits real-time images of the inner structures of your joint to a nearby monitor. Dr. Taylor watches this monitor as he makes necessary repairs to the damaged structures of the affected joint. He can use minimally invasive surgery to repair:

  • Fractures
  • Muscle tears
  • Joint dislocations
  • Ruptured ligaments
  • Damaged cartilage

Dr. Taylor can also use minimally invasive surgery as a diagnostic tool to get an up-close look at your joint to identify the root cause of your pain and/or assess the severity of your joint damage.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery allows Dr. Taylor to make even complex repairs without causing unnecessary trauma to your body. Since you only need small incisions to access the joint, your risks of excessive bleeding and infection are greatly reduced.

Other benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • No hospital stay
  • Minimized risk of scarring
  • Shorter recovery time

You can also expect to return to your usual routine and physically active lifestyle faster with minimally invasive surgery than you could with open surgery.

To find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, schedule a consultation at the office of Ryan Taylor, MD, by phone or by using the online booking feature.