Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It allows us to inspect, diagnose and treat any damage to a joint. The advantages over traditional open surgery are that the joint does not have to be fully opened up and this means:
· Faster functional recovery of the joint;
· Less postoperative pain;
· Reduced hospital stay;
· Faster recovery and return to normal social and professional life.
Arthroscopy involves going into a joint with an arthroscope (a narrow tube containing lens and fibre-optics) and keeping a specific setup in the operating room. The arthrocope is connected to a light source and a high-definition video camera. The image from within the joint is transmitted to a video monitor. We do the surgery through small incisions (3-5mm) guided by the screen images.
Arthroscopy allows surgeons to repair some types of joint damage including:
· Knee (meniscus injury, cruciate ligament injury, chondral defects, etc.)
· Shoulder (instability, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, impingement, etc.)
· Wrist (ligament damage, fracture, intra-articular loose bodies – fragments of cartilage, etc.)
· Ankle (chondral defects, intra-articular loose bodies, osteophytes, impingement, etc.)
· Hip (femoral-acetabular impingement, labral tear, intra-articular loose bodies, etc.)
· Trapeziometacarpal joint (Rhisarthrosis)
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