Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgery done to examine a joint visually. Most of the time, it is done on larger joints, like the knee or shoulder. A special tool called an arthroscope is used. It is an instrument that looks like a long tube with a miniature camera on the end. Repairs or corrections to the joint may be done by using the arthroscope and other tools.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
    • Swelling, tingling, pain, or numbness in your toes that is not relieved by elevating your knee above heart level for one hour
    • Drainage

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Arthroscopy is a surgery done to examine a joint visually. Most of the time, it is done on larger joints, like the knee or shoulder. A special tool called an arthroscope is used. It is an instrument that looks like a long tube with a miniature camera on the end. Repairs or corrections to the joint may be done by using the arthroscope and other tools.

    Diagnostic Arthroscopy of the Right Knee
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    Arthroscopy can be done to diagnose an injury or a condition.
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    It is used to see, diagnose, and treat problems inside your joint. The procedure is most often performed for the following reasons:

    • Diagnose an injury or disease inside a joint
    • Remove bone or cartilage
    • Repair tendons or ligaments

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely risk free. If you are planning to have an arthroscopy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Swelling or bleeding
    • Damage to blood vessels, nerves, or other tissue
    • The need to have another surgery or more extensive surgery

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Pre-existing heart or lung condition
    • Obesity
    • Recent or chronic illness
    • Diabetes
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Smoking