Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed using an arthroscope, a narrow, flexible tube with a small camera attached to the end. The arthroscope allows your surgeon to take a look at your affected area without making large incisions.
Arthroscopy is both a diagnostic and treatment technique that allows your doctor to address a wide range of conditions, including:
- Joint inflammation
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Meniscal tears
- Labral tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Loose bone or cartilage
Arthroscopy has a number of benefits over traditional surgery. Arthroscopic procedures are minimally invasive, which means your surgeon can examine, repair, and replace damaged parts of your joint without causing major trauma.
Procedures like arthroscopic joint replacement are less traumatic than traditional surgical techniques, resulting in less pain, less scarring, and quicker recovery times.