Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure doctor which is a subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery. It is used to look at, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. The doctor may recommend it if there is inflammation in a joint, have injured a joint, or have damaged a joint over time. One can have an arthroscopy on any joint but mostly it’s done on the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, or wrist.
What happens during the Arthroscopy?
The doctor will perform arthroscopic surgery in an outpatient operating room or a hospital which allows the patient to go home the same day. The type of anesthesia depends on the joint and what your surgeon suspects are the problem. It can be general anesthesia where a patient will be asleep during surgery, or the doctor will give it through the spine. There is a possibility that they might also numb the area they are doing the surgery on.
The doctor will insert special tiny instruments through a small cut which is the size of a buttonhole. Also, they’ll use a tool called an arthroscope that has a camera lens and a light. By doing this, they are able to see inside the joint. They can see an image of the joint onto a screen that the camera projects.
Then they’ll look inside the joint, diagnose the problem, and decide what type of surgery is needed. If a patient does need surgery, the surgeon will insert special tools through other small incisions called portals. These portals are used to cut, shave, grasp, and anchor stitches into bone. If the surgeon decides a patient needs traditional open surgery to fix the problem, they may go for it. Afterward, they’ll remove the arthroscope and they’ll close the wound with special tape or stitches.
This is the basic information about Arthroscopy. We recommend you to visit a doctor for proper guidance. We hope this information adds value to your knowledge. Watch out this space for more such information. Greetings for SYS Medtech International PVT. LTD.