Arthroscopy is a surgical technique for diagnosing and treating joint problems. Your surgeon will make a small incision before inserting a narrow tube (less than 5 millimetres) attached to a video camera. This allows them to view the damage in your joints that need to be repaired.
If treatment via arthroscopy is an option for you, your surgeon will make additional small incisions around the affected joint. Using small, thin surgical instruments that they insert through these incisions, they will proceed to repair the damage without having to make traditional, large incisions.
Compared to open surgery, arthroscopy:
Arthroscopy helps your doctor diagnose and treat joint conditions that affect the:
The types of conditions and injuries that arthroscopy can fix include:
There is medical research showing that individuals with advanced arthritis will not benefit much from a knee arthroscopy, and may need a knee replacement instead.
Your surgeon will discuss with you if they find that open surgery or other types of joint treatments would be better for you.
In general, arthroscopy is a low risk procedure. Potential complications may include: