Dr. Howard A. Israel
Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Temporomandibular Joint Arthroscopy

Minimally Invasive

Arthroscopic temporomandibular joint surgery is a minimally invasive procedure designed to enable lthe surgeon to see and treat the diseased tissue that is the cause of the patient's symptoms. When performed by an experienced surgeon, the recovery is rapid (only several days to be able to return to work or school), there are no stitches and the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting.
For those individuals who have persistent temporomandibular joint pain following a full course of non-surgical therapy, arthroscopic surgery is the treatment of choice.

Dr. Israel has been a leader in the field of arthroscopic temporomandibular joint surgery since it became available in the United States two decades ago. He has written numerous articles and chapters on this subject in peer reviewed professional journals. There are only a handful of oral & maxillofacial surgeons with experience and technical skill in performing this procedure. Operative arthroscopy involves placing a small instrument, called an arthroscope, that permits the surgeon to see inside the joint, followed by the placement of tiny surgical instruments that remove and treat the diseased tissues. Advanced operative arthroscopy requires unique skills with experience and Dr. Israel is known both nationally and internationally for his expertise in this area.

The results of arthroscopic surgery are superb as long as an experienced clinician has performed proper patient selection. Approximately 80-90% of patients have greatly improved symptoms, increased jaw opening and decreased pain. Furthermore, arthroscopy is a much better alternative in most patients than open joint surgery, which requires hospitalization and involves a prolonged recovery in most cases.

Advanced operative arthroscopy: removal of scar tissue results in return of normal jaw mobility.

Contact Info:

Dr Howard Israel
NY Presbyterian Hospital
Weill-Cornell Medice

525 East 68th Street
Suite F2132
New York, NY 10065

P: (212) 746-5175

F: (212) 746-8400