What is an Arthroscopic Surgery and How it Works March 24th, 2012
Arthroscopic surgery, sometimes known as an arthroscopy, is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon inserts a tiny camera into a small incision to examine a joint or fix damage to cartilage, bone, ligaments, etc within the joint. A monitor set up in the operating room displays images and video from the camera so the surgeon can examine the affected area. If needed, the surgeon uses miniaturized surgical tools through another small incision to treat the joint condition and fix and problems. Examples of joint problems for which arthroscopic surgery may be used are a torn ligament or fractured bone, or injecting steroids or other medications into the joint.
Many of today’s surgeons prefer this method of treating joint conditions to other methods of treatment because it avoids the negative effects of invasive surgery that patients have endured in the past, such as scarring, long healing times and high chances of infection. Arthroscopic surgery also reduces trauma to the muscle and tissue because there is less cutting on the body. While the knee is most often the focal point of arthroscopic surgeries, the shoulder, ankle, hip, elbow and other joints can be examined and treated using less-invasive joint surgery.
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