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What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of a joint. This helps them diagnose and treat joint problems.
Arthroscopy is done through small incisions. During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope (a small camera about the size of a pencil) into your joint. The arthroscope sends the image to a television monitor so your surgeon can see the structures of the knee or hip in great detail.
Your surgeon can use arthroscopy to feel, repair or remove damaged tissue.
When is Hip Arthroscopy Recommended?
Your doctor may recommend hip arthroscopy when you have a diagnosis of a torn labrum, loose bodies or impingement syndrome. Such treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s normal reactions to injury or disease. In an injured or diseased hip joint, inflammation causes swelling, pain, and stiffness. Hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the labrum, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues surrounding the joint.
When is a Shoulder Arthroscopy Helpful?
Thanks to recent advances in arthroscopy, many shoulder problems can be corrected using the same techniques that revolutionized the treatment of knee problems. Shoulder arthroscopy requires just a few small incisions, and is often done as an outpatient procedure. This procedure allows the surgeons to see and work inside the shoulder joint.
Where is Shoulder Arthroscopy Performed?
Shoulder arthroscopies can often be done as outpatient procedures, either in an outpatient surgery facility or a hospital. For most joints, the average arthroscopic procedure takes less than one hour. Recovery time can range from one week to a number of months, depending on the extent of the procedure.
What will my Knee Recovery be Like?
Recovery from knee arthroscopy is much faster than recovery from traditional open knee surgery. Still, it is important to follow your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions carefully after you return home. You should ask someone to check on you the first evening you are home.
Problems that can be treated through arthroscopy include:
- Impingement syndrome
- Irritated rotator cuff
- Torn cartilage
- Unstable joint