Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a joint (arthro) is viewed (scopy) using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the knee. This helps them diagnose and treat knee problems. Technical advances have led to high definition monitors and high resolution cameras. These are other improvements have made arthroscopy a very effective tool for treating knee problems.
At Summit orthopaedics, arthroscopy is commonly performed for treating meniscus injury, reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and for cartilage microfracturing. Arthroscopy can also be performed just for diagnosing and checking of the knee. However, the latter use has been mainly replaced by magnetic resonance imaging.
During an average knee arthroscopy, a small fiberoptic camera (the arthroscope) is inserted into the joint through a small incision, about 4mm(1/8 inch) long. A special fluid is used to visualize the joint parts. More incisions might be performed in order to check other parts of the knee. The other miniature instruments are used and the surgery is performed.
ARTHROSCOPY FOR THE KNEE IS MOST COMMONLY USED FOR:
THE KNEE ARTHROSCOPY AT SUMMIT ORTHOPAEDICS INCLUDES:
THE SHOULDER ARTHROSCOPY AT SUMMIT ORTHOAPAEDICS INCLUDES:
Other Sports medicine procedures include: