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 arthroscopy are:
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