What is Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to diagnose & treat orthopedic conditions within a joint. During arthroscopic surgery, 2 to 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 that is 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 than traditional surgery
- Less invasive than traditional surgery
- Outpatient procedure
- Decreased scarring