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ARTHROSCOPY – BASIC INTRODUCTION

Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic or keyhole surgery) is minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination, diagnosis and treatment of damage to a joint is performed using an Arthroscope, which is an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopy is the combination of 2 words Arthros (Joint) and Skopein (to Look) that means “to look inside the joint.”

Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic or keyhole surgery) is minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination, diagnosis and treatment of damage to a joint is performed using an Arthroscope, which is an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopy is the combination of 2 words Arthros (Joint) and Skopein (to Look) that means “to look inside the joint.”

Surgeons view the joint area on a video monitor, and can diagnose and repair to damaged joint tissue, such as ligaments. It is technically possible to do an arthroscopic examination of almost every joint, but is most commonly used for the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, foot, and hip. Most commonly Arthroscopy is done on Knee and Shoulder joint. Most commonly included procedures are in repairing cartilage and meniscus problems in the knee, and repairing rotator cuff tears in the shoulder.

Advantages

  • Minimally invasive unlike open surgery small incisions are made for the entry of Arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to be used in the Joint cavity. This reduces recovery time due to minimal damage to adjacent connective tissue.
  • The surgical instruments are smaller than traditional instruments and there is less scarring, because of the smaller incisions
  • Length of stay in the hospital is also smaller
  • Patients’ fear element is also lesser and better acceptance than an open surgery.
  • Less financial burden on the patient

Limitations

  • Case selection is very important
  • Not useful in advanced Arthritis
  • Care is required in recovery phase