Arthroscopy: What, Why and When

  • What is Arthroscopy?

With this lethargic routine, our bones get weaker and weaker, there are
many reasons behind it, like lack of vitamin-D, nutrients or some injuries.
With this when any body part gets severely damaged and it gets hard for
the doctor what is affected area and they need to have a closer look.
That is where Arthroscopy comes into play.
It is the most basic type of orthopedic surgery carried out to diagnose
joints that were previously treated or if there are some problems in the
joints at present or for the diagnosis of injuries caused due to a number
of reasons or due to some diseases like osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.

  • Where is Arthroscopy performed?

Arthroscopy is carried out mostly on knees, shoulders, ankles, elbows,
hips, and wrists although it can be performed very easily since a very
small incision on skin allows the surgeon to have a good look and
diagnose the problem.

  • Why is Arthroscopy performed?

The surgeon will always advise you to get all kinds of tests like X-ray etc.
and yet if the problem is not being diagnosed then Arthroscopy is
Due to quick and effective nature, it is widely used for the:
Healing of damage in Cartilages, Removing loose bones and debris,
treatment of the temporomandibular disorder (TMD)
Secondarily for the treatment and diagnosis of Carpal tunnel syndrome
arthritis, frozen shoulder.

  • What happens during Arthroscopy?

While Arthroscopy is an extremely basic form of the orthopedic
procedure the patient is first of all checked if they are fit for the surgery at
that point, then the patient is anaesthetised by the help of Anesthesia so
that they don’t feel any pain.
The skin over the concerned area is being sterilized and a small incision
is made now an instrument called an Arthroscope is inserted through this
opening which is a thin tube made of non-reactive metal and has a
camera with a light attached on top of it.
After the inserting the Arthroscope the area is being watched out through
the camera and the interior can be seen on the computer screen outside,
now a smaller cut is made to let other surgical instruments in, and a
sterile fluid is filled to increase the viability and clearer passage.
At this stage, the doctor will actually fix the respective problem like the
removal of debris and loose bones or simply diagnose the area and have
a better knowledge about the problem.

  • How long does it take?

These days Arthroscopy has become extremely quick but it also requires
strict precision, but however, it takes about 30 minutes to 2 hours to
successfully perform an Arthroscopy. It solely depends upon the

  • What happens after the surgery?

    • After the surgery is successfully completed, the arthroscope, the probes,
      scissors, and all the residual materials are removed. The incision is
      stitched back and you are released from the hospital the very same day.
      By following all the apprehensions and recommendations from the doctor
      you can get back to normal routine in a mere 3 days.


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