Coming from the Greek words "Arthros" (within/joint) and "skopein" (to look at), Arthroscopic surgery is a less painful and less invasive procedure than "open" surgery. The term literally means, "to look within the joint."
Disease and injuries can damage bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Some of the most frequent conditions we find during an arthroscopic exam of joints are:
- Knee: Meniscal (cartilage) tears, chondromalacia (wearing or injury of cartilage cushion), anterior cruciate ligament tears with instability, and loose bodies of bone and/or cartilage
- Shoulder: Rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, recurrent dislocations, and loose bodies of bone and/or cartilage
- Wrist: Carpal tunnel syndrome, and loose bodies of bone and/or cartilage
When using an arthroscope, the surgeon is able to make a more accurate final diagnosis, which is typically and safer and more efficient than if done through "open" surgery or from X-ray studies alone.
Whether you’re a 9-5’er, a weekend warrior, or a professional athlete, if you’ve suffered an injury or have chronic pain you may benefit from arthroscopic surgery.