Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. This procedure helps the surgeon determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if necessary.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the patient's skin, and a slender, pencil-sized instrument with lighting and a camera lens is inserted into the joint, allowing the surgeon to see the interior of the joint. Because of the smaller incisions, trauma is reduced, resulting in faster recovery and higher rate of success. The procedure usually takes only an hour or two, and patients are allowed to go home on the same day. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed care instructions, including exercises to strengthen your muscles and speed up your recovery.
Arthroscopy can be done for almost any joint but is most commonly used for the following: