Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that an orthopedic surgeon uses to visualize, diagnose and correct problems inside a joint. For example, during arthroscopic knee surgery, your orthopedic doctor makes a small incision and inserts pencil-sized instruments, including a small camera lens and lighting system to magnify, illuminate and image the joint structures around your knee. Your orthopedic surgeon can view the interior of the entire joint through this very small incision rather than the large incision typically used in traditional open surgery. The orthopedic specialist or knee specialist can determine the type and extent of your injury and then repair the problem, if necessary.
Arthroscopy has many applications & benefits
Injuries and disease can damage the bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons that form a joint. Some of the most frequent conditions found during arthroscopic joint exams are:
- Inflammation of the lining in the knee, shoulder or ankle
- Acute or chronic knee injuries, ankle injuries or shoulder injuries
Common shoulder injuries include rotator cuff tear, impingement syndrome and recurrent dislocations. Common knee injuries include meniscal tear, chondromalacia (damage to cartilage cushion) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears with instability. We use arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies of bone and cartilage from the knee, shoulder and ankle. We can even correct some problems associated with arthritis in those joints.
Arthroscopic knee surgery, shoulder surgery or ankle surgery offers the benefits of less scarring and a faster recovery than “open” surgery but still requires anesthesia and special equipment in a hospital OR or outpatient surgical setting. Your type of anesthesia (general, spinal or local anesthetic) will depend on the damaged joint or suspected problem.
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