Arthroscopy (ahr-THROS-skuh-pee) is a special procedure for diagnosing and treating joint problems. The fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors at SROSM use arthroscopy to examine a joint and to perform surgery of the knee, hip, wrist, ankle and other joints.
During arthroscopy, your SROSM doctor will insert a narrow tube that includes a fiber-optic video camera through a very small incision in your skin, usually about the size of a buttonhole. The camera allows them to see inside your joint without having to make a large incision.
The view inside your joint is transmitted from the camera to a video monitor, which your doctor will use to make a diagnosis or repair. Some types of joint damage can be repaired during arthroscopy, using pencil-thin surgical instruments that are inserted through additional small incisions. Above is an example of how the instruments are used for an arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Types of Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Surgery
The following conditions are treated with arthroscopy:
- Joint infections
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Bone spurs or loose bone fragments
- Damaged or torn cartilage
- Inflamed joint linings
- Scarring or tissue overgrowth within joints
There may be other situations where arthroscopy would work well to treat an orthopedic condition. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in arthroscopy and will talk through your treatment options. Make an appointment at the location closest to you in Spring or The Woodlands.