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Arthroscopic Surgery

Patients undergoing an elective procedure will need to have a COVID-19 test done 4-6 business days before their procedure. For your convenience, we opened a curbside COVID-19 Pre-Procedural Testing Center where you can have the test performed from your car The Center is located at N. Broadway and 8th Ave. N outside near SameDay Care. Your care team will schedule a time for you to have your test done at the Center. Testing samples are sent to Mayo Clinic for analysis and take about four to six business days for results. Patients will need to self-quarantine for the period of time between the test sample being collected and the date of their procedure. Thank you for taking this important step to protect yourself, our care team, and other patients.

This Center is specifically for patients scheduled for a procedure who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic patients can call Healthline at (406) 255-8400 or 1-800-252-1246.

Sports medicine surgery is a special type of orthopedic surgery commonly used to treat sports-related injuries. When an injury requires surgical intervention, arthroscopic surgery is usually preferred method of treatment.

Arthroscopic surgery, also called "keyhole surgery" uses small incisions to provide access to damaged joints for repair or removal of damaged tissue. Arthroscopy avoids the tissue trauma associated with larger incisions that disrupt muscle fibers. Recovery after arthroscopic surgery tends to be faster than after conventional open techniques, allowing patients to return home the same day.

With advancements in the instruments and devices used for arthroscopic surgery, Billings Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can address an increasing number of joint problems using these techniques. We rely on arthroscopic techniques for treatment of a variety of disorders.

Arthroscopic treatments include:


  • Meniscus tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Repair of cartilage defects
  • Shaving of torn and damaged cartilage
  • Release of contracted tissues


  • Shaving of bone spurs
  • Repair or rotator cuff tears
  • Stabilization of dislocating shoulders
  • Treatment of biceps tendon problems
  • Shaving of torn and damaged cartilage
  • Frozen shoulder release


  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Release of elbow stiffness
  • Shaving of torn and damaged cartilage


  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Repair of cartilage defects
  • Shaving of inflamed tissues


  • Shaving of torn tissues

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