WHAT IS ARTHROSCOPY?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where a special camera is inserted into a joint to diagnose and treat internal knee or shoulder injuries.
REASON FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Certain conditions inside the knee or shoulder joint may not heal by themselves. Arthroscopy allows your Esse Health Orthopedic Surgeon to see into the joint and determine the best option for resolving pain, swelling, and loss of function.
Arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis. Three tiny pencil-tip sized holes are made. The arthroscope (a narrow tube with a light and a fiber-optic video camera) is inserted through the hole into the joint, and an image is projected on a screen. If corrective surgery is required, then additional specialized instruments can be inserted into the holes. Stitches are not usually required at the entry site and most patients can move with minimal discomfort and may return to full function in three to fourteen days.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS, RISKS, AND COMPLICATIONS
As with any surgical procedure, there is the possibility of infection at the surgical site, and the possibility of a reaction to the anesthetic. Fortunately, complications are rare.