Arthroscopy is a procedure that allows your orthopaedic surgeon to look at the surface of your joints using a small fibre-optic camera. The procedure can be used to diagnose joint problems, perform shoulder surgery or monitor disease. The procedure is often used to treat knee, hip, wrist, ankle, and shoulder injuries.
During arthroscopy your doctor will insert a small camera into your joint. Images will then be displayed on screens for your orthopaedic surgeon to see as he works with small surgical tools. The surgical equipment used in arthroscopy is particularly small, which means that the small puncture-like incisions made in the body will be small, less painful, and will heal much quicker than those made in traditional open surgery.
Arthroscopy can be performed to repair the following knee injuries:
Your orthopaedic surgeon will conduct a thorough physical examination and order XR’s and most probably an MRI scan before considering arthroscopic knee surgery. After the procedure, your doctor may prescribe pain medication.
Recovery will depend on the severity of your injury, as well as your personal condition. Speak to your orthopaedic surgeon about rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any lifestyle changes that might be required.