What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic surgery is one of the most common procedures that orthopedic specialists perform. You may have had one yourself or known a friend who has. This great surgical method has a number of advantages for your joints.


What is Arthroscopy?

In linguistics, the word Arthroscopy means “To look inside a joint,” which is exactly what arthroscopic surgery does. The surgeon makes a small incision, and places a small camera through the incision to look at the joints and other structures. The orthopedic specialist will be able to spot any damage during this voyage and then use little tools to fix the problem. Orthopedic specialists are able to use this method with just about any joint and it is highly effective.


Historically, joint surgery wasn’t always so easy and clean. The incisions used to access the joint were often very large, requiring many stitches or staples, and left a nasty scar. The risk of infection was also significant because a lot of tissue was exposed to bacteria. An incision for an arthroscopic surgery is often so tiny it doesn’t require much effort to close. You may have one stitch or none at all. The joint tissue heals much better compared to past outcomes, since it isn’t subjected to so much trauma. Healing time is minimal. This procedure makes it possible for a patient to be up and walking after surgery, whereas a few decades ago, he or she may have had multiple large incisions and months of recovery. Arthroscopy is truly a marvel.


As with any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications such as infection, blood clots, cardiac events, and healing issues. Your joint is likely to swell afterwards which is normal, but should be allowed to recede before you get too aggressive with activity.

If you are the patient of an orthopedic specialist, there is a chance that you have talked about the possibilities of arthroscopy. If not, take some time at your next appointment to see if this method can help you.

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