Arthroscopic Surgery is minimally invasive surgery used for knees, hips and shoulders.
- A fiber-optic instrument is used to study the inside of your joint
- An incision about the size of a buttonhole is made
- A sterile sodium chloride solution is injected to dilate the joint
- The arthroscope (about the size of a pencil) is inserted into the joint
- The lens and lighting system of the arthroscope enable the surgeon to see the structures of your joint clearly as transmitted to a miniature TV camera attached to the end of the arthroscope
- Using irrigation and suction, blood and debris are removed prior to examining the joint
- Viewing the joint on the TV screen, the surgeon then determines the amount or type of injury and what he needs to do in order to relieve your problem
- Floating bits of cartilage are removed
- Minor tears and any other disorders are dealt with
- The arthroscope is removed,
he arthroscope is removed, the joint irrigated and the buttonhole-size incision is stitched up
Often arthroscopy is performed on an out-patient basis, so you don’t have to stay in the hospital. You can recuperate at home.