An arthroscopy involves the use of a device called an arthroscope to examine the joints. This is a thin, metal tube about the length and width of a drinking straw that contains a light source and a camera. Images are sent from the arthroscope to a video screen so the surgeon is able to see inside the joint.
Knee arthroscopy is an effective tool in diagnosing joint conditions and for confirming treatment for knee problems such as meniscus tears and cartilage wear. An arthroscopy can ultimately provide relief from knee pain and improve mobility. Maintaining a normal and active lifestyle with greater comfort is a key benefit of this procedure.
The arthroscope is inserted through a small cut in the skin made next to the joint. Further small incisions may also be made to allow an examining probe or surgical instruments to be inserted.
The procedure is usually performed as a day case.
A video clip of arthroscopy has been included here to demonstrate to you the clarity with which we are able to see the details of the knee joint, and also demonstrate how we are able to access even the remote part of the joint with our tools.Read more