An arthroscope is a small tube that is inserted into the body that consists of a system of lenses, a small video camera, and a light for viewing. The camera is connected to a monitoring system that allows a surgeon to view the operation while it is being performed. The arthroscope is often used in conjunction with other tools that are generally inserted through another incision. These tools, unlike the arthroscope, are used for grasping, cutting, and probing.
Arthroscopy is a procedure used for joint conditions.
Originally, arthroscopy was a diagnostic tool only, used primarily for planning a standard open surgery. However, because of the development of new instruments and advanced surgical techniques, many conditions can also be treated with arthroscopic surgery.
Although each procedure varies, generally, arthroscopic surgeries involve the following:
The small puncture wounds created by the arthroscope and probing tool(s) may take several days to heal.
Recovery time depends on the extent of the surgery and on the individual patient. However, most arthroscopic surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and patients are allowed to go home within hours after the surgery. Some patients resume daily activities and return to work or school within a few days. Athletes and other patients in good physical condition may return to athletic activities within a few weeks, under the care of their physician.
The joints most frequently examined using arthroscopy include the following:
The following are the conditions most frequently discovered during an arthroscopic procedure:
Always consult your physician for a treatment recommendation based on your individual condition.
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