Arthroscopy is a procedure that orthopaedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery involves very small incisions, rather than the larger incisions needed for standard, open surgery. This results in less pain for patients, and shortens the time it takes to recover.
The procedure involves:
During arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. If you are generally healthy, your arthroscopy will most likely be performed as an outpatient. This means you will not need to stay overnight at the hospital. Most arthroscopic procedures take less than an hour, however, the length of your surgery will depend on what your surgeon finds and what repairs are required.