Arthroscopic procedure

Picture of arthroscopic procedure

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Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows your doctor to look at the inside of a joint in your body through a thin viewing instrument called an arthroscope. During arthroscopy, the arthroscope is inserted into your joint through a small cut (incision) in the skin. The arthroscope has a light source and a video camera attached to it. Images from the camera can be seen on a video monitor. These magnified images provide a clear picture of your joint. A sample of joint tissue can be collected during arthroscopy for biopsy. If surgery is done, additional instruments will be inserted into your joint through other small incisions.

Last Updated: January 28, 2009

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedics & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

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