Whether you're taking a step or raising your hand, your joints help
you move freely. But living with a worn or injured joint can make an active
Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and, in most cases, treat your joint problem.
After arthroscopy, you may be able to return to many of the activities
you once enjoyed.
The surgeon can often find and treat the problem during one procedure.
The surgeon can often see the joint better than with open surgery.
Smaller incisions are used than with open surgery. As a result, you may
recover faster and have less scarring.
How Arthroscopy Works
To look inside your joint, your surgeon will use an
arthroscope. This is a slender instrument that contains a lens and a light source.
The arthroscope and other special tools are inserted into the joint through
portals (tiny incisions). Using a camera, the arthroscope sends an image of your
joint to a
monitor (TV screen). This lets your surgeon see your joint more clearly.
Risks of Arthroscopy
As with any surgery, arthroscopy involves some risks. These are rare, but include:
Instrument failure in surgery
Damage to nerves and blood vessels
A shift to open surgery that would require a larger incision