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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a tiny camera to repair a joint injury. During an arthroscopic surgery, a tiny incision is made in the patient’s skin through which a very small camera and lighting system (arthroscope) are passed. The arthroscope magnifies and illuminates the structures of the joint utilizing light which is transmitted through fiber optics. Arthroscopic surgery is helpful in diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Synovitis, the inflammation of the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle
  • Injuries to the shoulder, knee, and wrist joint such as cartilage tears or tendon tears
  • Osteoarthritis caused by cartilage loss in a joint
    Removal of loose bodies of bone or cartilage that becomes lodged within a joint
  • During arthroscopic surgery, either a general, spinal or local anesthesia will be given depending on the condition. You will be instructed about incision care, activities to be avoided, and exercises to be performed for faster recovery.

    Recovery

    You will follow up with your surgeon approximately one week after surgery. A rehabilitation program may be prescribed for a speedy recovery. You can usually resume normal activities within a few days.

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  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orange County Medical Association