Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure for diagnosing and treating joint problems like degenerative changes due to meniscal tear. Arthroscopy is carried out using a narrow tube attached to a fiber-optic video camera through a small incision. And the insights of joint is viewed on a high-definition video monitor.
Benefits of Arthroscopy:
- With the help of Arthroscopy, a Surgeon can see inside the joint without making a large incision.
- Few types of joint damages can also be repaired during arthroscopy.
- Arthroscopic surgery may be recommended in case of torn meniscus.
Why Arthroscopy is done ?
Arthroscopy is done as it helps diagnose also treat a variety of joint conditions.
Conditions that commonly affecting the:
Arthroscopy as a Diagnostic procedure:
Orthopaedic surgeon opts arthroscopy as a diagnostic tool when X-rays and other imaging studies are not enough to rule out the accurate diagnosis.
Arthroscopy as a Surgical procedure:
Arthroscopy treats the following conditions:
- Torn meniscus
- Damaged or torn cartilage
- Torn ligament
- Inflamed joint linings
- Loose bone fragments
- Scarring within joints
How arthroscopy is carried out :
Duration of the surgery : one hour
Arthroscopy is carried out in General Anaesthesia and sometimes in Local anaesthesia.
Length of stay in hospital : Usually it is carried out in daycare, that means the patient is allowed to go home the very same day.
Recovery after Arthroscopy:
Recovery is fast , one can resume his/her routine life in a few days after the procedure. However, it is advised to avoid strenuous activities until few weeks after the surgery.