What is it?
Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that can be performed on the knee, hip, or shoulder joints. It is a useful diagnostic and assessment tool because it allows a physician to use a tiny camera to observe joints using a minimally invasive technique. Often the arthroscopy is able to find tears, injuries, inflammation, or loose bodies of cartilage, and the patient can return home the same day.
How to Prepare
The patient should discuss current medications with the surgeon to reduce the body’s susceptibility to bleeding. The surgeon and his medical team will give specific instructions to the patient and will explain the procedure in detail. It is advised that the patient wears comfortable, loose clothing to the appointment and arrange for a ride home after the procedure has been completed.
What happens during the procedure?
A general or local anesthetic may be used, depending on the location and extent of the arthroscopy. First, a small incision is made through which the arthroscope is inserted into the joint. The surgical team then examines the joint using a TV monitor relaying signals from the arthroscope. When the arthroscopy is complete, the incision site is closed, and the patient is observed for several minutes before being cleared for discharge.
Risks and Complications
* Blood clots
* excessive swelling or bleeding
* damage to blood vessels or nerves
* instrument breakage
All GlobeHealer Site content, including graphics, images, logos, and text, among other materials on the site are for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and you should always contact your physician or qualified health provider for information regarding your health. Information on this site regarding the overview, diagnosis, and treatment of any kind should be looked at, in addition to the advice and information of your health care professional. Do not disregard medical advice or delay seeking treatment or medical advice due to information found on the GlobeHealer site.
If there is even the possibility that you may have a medical emergency, seek treatment, call your doctor, or call your local emergency telephone number immediately. GlobeHealer does not endorse being the first line of communication in case of emergency and does not endorse any specific test, physician, facility, product, procedure, opinion, or other information that is or may be mentioned on this site or affiliated entities. Reliance of any and all information provided by GlobeHealer, its employees, affiliations, others appearing on the Site under the invitation of GlobeHealer, or visitors of the site is solely at your own risk and is not the responsibility of GlobeHealer.