What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to diagnose & treat orthopedic conditions within a joint.

2-3 small incisions, called portals, are made. These incisions are used to introduce the arthroscopic instruments:

-Arthroscope: a long flexible instrument with a camera on the end, used to diagnose the condition, and guide the repair.

– Irrigation Cannula: a hollow instrument used to fill the joint with water.

-Shaver: used to trim away damaged tissue or to re-anchor torn cartilage.

Advantages to Arthroscopic Surgery:

-Faster recovery

-Smaller incisions

-Decreased risk of infection

-Less painful

-Outpatient procedure

-Decreased scarring