Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. Using an arthroscope, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision and then inserts instruments. Using this method allows the surgeon to easily see the structures inside the joint - cartilage, ligaments and the condition of the smooth surfaces of the bones in the joint. The surgeon can then determine the amount or type of injury, and often repair or correct the problem if necessary. Arthroscopic surgery, although minimally invasive compared to a regular surgery, still requires the use of specialized equipment and a surgical suite equipped to perform the procedure.

The amount of surgery required and recovery time will depend upon the complexity of your problem. Sometimes, during arthroscopy, the surgeon may discover that the injury or disease cannot be treated adequately with arthroscopy alone. The extensive "open" surgery may be performed while you are still anesthetized, or at a later date after your have discussed the findings with your surgeon.

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital's team of orthopedic surgeons is board certified to perform various arthroscopic procedures and help to ensure a fast recovery so that you can return to your daily activities as soon as possible.

Consult your physician if you have questions about arthroscopy.

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Location: Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 2nd Floor

Scheduling Number: This procedure will be scheduled by your physician

Special Prep: No food or drink after midnight the night before the surgery (including water, candy or gum). Please ask your physician for instructions regarding medications you are taking. Please do not smoke on the day of your surgery.

On the day of your surgery please bring with you:

  1. A list of your medications with the correct dosages
  2. Your primary care physician’s name and telephone number
  3. Any paperwork your physician has given you for your appointment
  4. Containers to store dentures, glasses or contact lenses before surgery.

Other special instructions:

  1. Leave all valuables at home.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing.
  3. Do not wear color fingernail or toenail polish.
  4. Do not eat or drink herbal supplements or tea for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
  5. Do not take vitamin E supplements or multi-vitamins with vitamin E for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
  6. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.