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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:

  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Ankle
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist

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.

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