Arthroscopy allows a physician to look inside a joint in your
body by using a tiny fiber-optic camera. The procedure can be
used to diagnose joint problems and even repair some joint
damage. Some of the joints that can be examined using
During arthroscopy and small cut is made in the skin and then
the fiber-optic camera is inserted. The camera then allows your
physician to examine the joint surfaces and soft tissue to
diagnose issues. If further treatment is needed then additional
incisions can be made and more instruments will be used to
complete the repairs.
Compared with traditional open surgery, arthroscopy can allow
for an effective diagnosis and treatment in a manner that is
much more comfortable for the patient. There is generally less
pain, less cost and quicker recovery times associated with
arthroscopic procedures when compared to open surgery.
The Arthroscopic Procedure
Arthroscopy is done as an outpatient procedure which means that
you will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight.
Your physician will provide instructions for the day of your
surgery and work with you so that you understand what to expect
that day and during the recovery days.
Depending on the procedure, your doctor may ask you to fast
beforehand and may alter the medications you're taking. You
will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure as you
will not be allowed to drive yourself.
Common Arthroscopic Procedures
- Common Arthroscopic Procedures include
- Repairing a torn meniscus of the knee
- Treatment of shoulder bursitis
- Treatment of cartilage damage
- Treatment of labial tears in the shoulder