Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure to diagnose and treat problems in a joint and known as “key hole” surgery. It may be performed on finger joints as well. If you have complaints such as arthritis, damage on cartilage or connective tissue or pain or weakness on a joint, you may need an arthroscopy for diagnosis of your condition.
Furthermore, it may be applied to take tissue sample (biopsy) or remove the loosened tissue, bone or cartilage particles in a joint.
What is it used for?
Arthroscopy may be used to visualize your joint to find the exact cause pf problems such as pain, swelling or inflammation. Furthermore, it may be used for laceration on your joint cartilage or connective tissues; presence of a loosened bone particle in your joint or loss of stableness of the joint.
Arthritis may cause thickening of the membrane called synovium in your joints. This membrane may be removed easily by using arthroscopy method. Infection risk in such surgical procedures are lower than normal operations and incision scars which are very small are noticed difficultly.
Furthermore, this procedure bind less load onto your joints and recovery period is not long in normal surgeries.
How is it performed?
Arthroscopy may last 30 minutes to 1 hour and it is performed by local or general anesthesia.