What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for diagnosing and treating joint problems. It enables the surgeon to see inside the joint without having to make a large incision. The benefits of this approach are that it is performed on an outpatient basis, results in a faster recovery and there is less visible scarring after the surgery.
What types of conditions are treated with arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is used to diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions affecting the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, wrist and spine.
Conditions treated with arthroscopy include:
- Damaged or torn cartilage
- Torn ligaments
- Tendon tears
- Inflamed joint linings
- Loose bone fragments
- Scarring within a joint
- Impingement syndrome (shoulder)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist)
- Spine stenosis