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Knee problems can result from a structural weakness, overuse, or sudden injury. Or they can simply be a natural part of aging. Whatever the cause, knee problems are often successfully diagnosed and treated with arthroscopy, a technique that allows your doctor to see clearly inside your knee, using only small incisions.
Insertion of fluid, arthroscope, and instruments through small incisions (portals).
The arthroscope is an instrument used to look directly into joints. This makes it useful for both diagnosis and treatment. The arthroscope contains a pathway for fluids and coated glass fibers that beam an intense, cool light into the joint. A camera attached to the arthroscope allows your doctor to see a clear image of most areas of your knee joint on a monitor.
Risks and Complications As with similar surgeries, arthroscopy carries the risk of swelling and stiffness, bleeding, blood clots, infection, or continuing knee problems.
A camera attached to the arthroscope allows your doctor to see your knee joint on a monitor.
Your Arthroscopic Procedure
Arthroscopy allows your doctor to see and work inside your shoulder joint through small incisions. A long, thin, lighted instrument called an arthroscope is used.
During surgery, the arthroscope sends live video images from inside the joint to a monitor. Using these images, the doctor can diagnose and treat your shoulder problem.
Because arthroscopy uses much smaller incisions, recovery is often shorter and less painful than recovery after open surgery.