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Arthroscopic surgical procedures

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Arthroscopy surgical procedures allow a physician to look at the inside of a joint in the body through a thin viewing instrument called an arthroscope. This procedure lets the doctor see the joint surfaces and surrounding soft tissue that connects bone-to-bone and tough tissue that covers the end of the bones at the joints. Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose a joint problem, perform surgery to repair a joint problem, remove a foreign body, or monitor a disease or the effectiveness of a treatment. It is commonly performed on the knee, ankle and shoulder, as well as the hip, elbow and wrist.

During athroscopic surgical procedures, the arthroscope instrument is inserted into the joint through a small cut in the skin. The arthroscope is equipped with a light source and a tiny video camera, allowing the doctor to see images displayed on a video monitor.

Unlike open surgery, arthroscopy is usually less painful, less costly, allows for a quicker recovery time and can be done on an outpatient basis without requiring an overnight stay in a hospital.