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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