What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows our surgeons to examine and treat damage to the inside of a joint. Surgeons using this technique employ an "arthroscope," which is a device that can be inserted into the patient's body through a small incision.
When can Arthroscopy be used?
Arthroscopy is used routinely at St. Peter Hospital to evaluate or treat a number of orthopedic conditions, including torn cartilage, sprains or ruptures of the anterior crutiate ligament (ACL), and many others.
In some cases, arthroscopy is a better alternative than traditional, open surgery because it causes less physical trauma for the patient. It also results in less scarring, and typically requires shorter recovery time than open surgery.
The joints most commonly examined and treated by arthroscopy are the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, foot and hip.