Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination and, sometimes, treatment of damage to the interior of a joint is performed, using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.

Arthroscopic procedures can be performed either to evaluate or to treat many orthopedic conditions, including torn floating cartilage, torn surface cartilage, and to trim damaged cartilage.

The surgical instruments used are smaller than traditional instruments. Surgeons view the joint area on a video monitor, and can diagnose and repair torn joint tissue, such as ligaments and menisci or cartilage.