An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used both to diagnose and treat problems with the following joints:
An arthroscope is a thin, metal tube that contains a light and a camera which enables the surgeon to examine the inside of your joint. Tiny surgical instruments can be used with an arthroscope to allow the surgeon to treat certain joint conditions. Only minor cuts are required which can mean less pain after the operation, faster healing, reduced risk of infection and a shorter time in hospital and recovery period.
An arthroscopy might be required if you have problems such as persistent joint pain, swelling or stiffness, andscans have not helped with a diagnosis. It can also treat a range of joint problems and conditions such as:
Fragments of loose bone or cartilage
Arthritis, frozen shoulder or carpal tunnel syndrome
The procedure is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic (where you are asleep during the procedure) although sometimes a spinal or local anaesthetic is used.
You will normally be discharged home on the same day as the surgery.