What Is Arthroscopy?
An arthroscope is a small camera that allows your orthopedic surgeon to inspect and repair joint problems without a large incision. The arthroscope is a narrow metal tube about as thick as a pencil. It has a powerful lens and a fiber optic light to magnify and illuminate the inside of the joint. With the “scope,” your surgeon can examine the inside of the joint, pinpoint the problem, and make repairs all during the same operation. An arthroscope is used frequently for shoulder, knee, wrist, and ankle problems. The scope is also used to assist in open procedures that would otherwise require much larger incisions (ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, and joint fractures).
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