What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy was originally made popular in the 1960’s and has now become a very ordinary procedure for orthopedic surgeons and performed in an outpatient setting. During this procedure, the structure of the joint is examined using a viewing instrument called an arthroscope. This instrument is very tiny and usually has a small camera at the tip of it to navigate the area.
What Conditions or Diseases Does Arthroscopy Treat?
- Diagnosing and treating non-inflammatory and inflammatory types of arthritis
- Various types of joint injuries: cartilage tears, ligaments tears and strains, cartilage deterioration
- Non-inflammatory degenerative arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Loose tissue or chips of bone or cartilage that can become lodged within the joint
What Areas of The Body Can Arthroscopy Treat?
About Arthroscopy Procedure & Recovery
- Type of procedure: This is an outpatient procedure.
- Anesthetic options: General anesthetic, spinal or epidural anesthetic, local anesthetic, or numbing just the area operated on.
- Recovery: The incision is usually a quarter inch long. Rest and elevate the joint for several days and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Post-procedure therapy: An exercise program post surgery will be ordered, to prevent scarring and regain normal range of motion.
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