Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique where small incisions are made at the site of the surgery. One incision is for the arthroscope, a small flexible tube that allows the surgeon to see inside the joint, and the other incision is gives access for the surgical instruments. Compared to the traditional open surgical procedure this technique involves less trauma to the muscles which allows for better joint stability and quicker, less painful recovery.
Arthroscopic surgery is often, though not always, an available alternative to tradtional open surgical techniques. Surgical options depend on each patient’s unique condition and needs.
Common arthroscopic surgeries include:
- Shoulder surgery
- Knee surgery
- Joint debridement
- Labral repair
- Partial meniscectomy