Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure doctors use to diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. Your surgeon will make a small incision and insert a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your joint. The arthroscope allows them to view the inside of the joint on a screen. The surgeon can then investigate a problem with the joint and, if necessary, correct the issue using small instruments.
Arthroscopy procedure diagnoses and treats a variety of joint conditions, most commonly affecting the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist.
If X-rays and other imaging study results are not satisfactory and do not produce any conclusive evidence, arthroscopy is done.
The equipment used during an arthroscopy is small, so only small incisions in the skin and surrounding soft tissues are needed. It has some advantages over traditional, “open” surgery, including:
You will undergo different tests beforehand to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure.
These will include:
Our team will provide you with a complete set of instructions about preparing yourself for surgery. These could include:
You first change into the hospital gown. The healthcare worker inserts an IV line for injecting medication and fluids through your vein.
You will be given an intravenous antibiotic before, during, and after the procedure to help prevent post-surgical infection.
Different types of anesthesia, as per the procedure, are administered by your doctor.
You will lie on your back or your side. The concerned limb will be placed in a positioning device. If you are awake, you may be able to watch the procedure on a monitor. The surgeon will begin by making a few small incisions on your joint. One small incision is made for the arthroscope. Sterile saline is pumped into the joint. Saline makes it easier for the surgeon to see inside the joint. Additional small incisions at
different points around the joint allow the surgeon to insert surgical tools to grasp, and shave, and provide suction as needed for joint repair.
The surgeon drains the saline from your joint and Incisions will be small enough to be closed with one or two stitches, or with narrow strips of sterile adhesive tape.
You are brought to the recovery room to recover for a few hours before going home.
You might need to use temporary braces or slings or crutches for comfort and protection. Your doctor will prescribe physical therapy and rehabilitation to help strengthen your muscles and improve the function of your joint.
Our team will provide the report of the procedure, discharge medications, and follow up appointment details.