What is Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and treat a variety of orthopedic conditions that affect the joints, such as the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and ankle. During an arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a thin, flexible tube called an arthroscope into the joint. The arthroscope contains a camera that allows the surgeon to view the inside of the joint on a monitor.
Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions, such as torn ligaments or cartilage, joint infections, arthritis, and bone spurs. The procedure can also be used to remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage, smooth out rough or damaged cartilage, or repair damaged ligaments.
One of the main benefits of arthroscopy is that it is minimally invasive, meaning that it requires only small incisions and typically results in less pain, scarring, and recovery time compared to traditional open surgery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days to a few weeks after the procedure, depending on the specific type and extent of the surgery.
Arthroscopy is generally considered a safe and effective procedure, but as with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your orthopedic surgeon and to follow their postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a successful recovery.
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