What is mi-eye?
Mi-eye is a very small camera that sits on the end of a very small needle. We place the mi-eye into a joint, such as a knee or shoulder, and are able to see all of the soft tissues within the joint to help us diagnose conditions. These conditions include meniscus tears, labrum tears, tendon injuries, and even cartilage problems. We are also able to put medication through the mi-eye, so if you need a cortisone injection or a biologic injection, you can do that right through the mi-eye.
When is mi-eye used?
Mi-eye is most useful when Dr. Faucett is almost certain that there is a condition going on inside the joint. For instance, looking inside the knee to see if there is a cartilage injury, meniscus tear, or loose body, it can be very helpful. It can also be used in the hip joint, shoulder joint, elbow joint, and ankle joint.
Does the mi-eye procedure hurt?
The mi-eye procedure is done under local anesthetic. As we begin, we will numb the skin with a cold freezing spray and then inject local anesthetic, much like you would have with a dental procedure. This will help limit the sharp pain associated with the initial insertion of the camera. Once the camera is within the joint, there should be no appreciable pain at all, just a gentle feeling of pressure. We’ve even had people on conference calls during the procedure without any issues.
Do I need Anesthesia?
No general anesthesia is necessary for the mi-eye procedure in the office. We use local anesthetic to help any sharp pain you may feel.
What are the risks associated with mi-eye?
Although the mi-eye is extremely effective, there are some very rare risks that can be associated with mi-eye. Some mild pain usually resolves on its own and is probably the most common. Infection is a theoretical risk, although evidence has shown that the risk of infection is extremely low, similar to a regular knee injection. Providers with less experience with the mi-eye, soft tissue damage can occur. Dr. Faucett is extensively experienced with this procedure and is careful not to damage adjacent tissues.
Does insurance cover the mi-eye?
Most insurances cover the mi-eye. We will confirm with your insurance company whether it’s approved and if it is not we can discuss the best way to finance it.
Why should I do mi-eye over an MRI?
The mi-eye is a much more effective method to directly view the soft tissue to help confirm a diagnosis. It’s ability to provide treatment as well as distinct an MRI, which only diagnostic procedures are performed.
What are my restrictions after a mi-eye?
Most people have no restrictions. I recommend you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may want to ice the joint and if you are still having some discomfort you may consider taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Unless there are any specific instructions provided by Dr. Faucett, you should be able to return to your normal activity the following day.
To learn more about the mi-eye procedure watch the videos below of Dr. Faucett answering FAQs regarding mi-eye.