Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used by the orthopaedic physicians at East Ohio Orthopaedics to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.
Typically, diagnosing joint injuries and disease will begin with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan may be needed.
Arthroscopy may be used to make a final diagnosis, and may be more accurate than through “open” surgery or X-ray studies.
Conditions Commonly Diagnosed Through Arthoscopy:
- Inflammation of joints
- Rotator cuff tears
- Meniscal tears in the knee
- Cartilage wear or injury
- Ligament tears
Some Procedures That May Combine Arthroscopic and Standard Surgery:
- Rotator cuff surgery
- Repair or resection of torn cartilage (meniscus)
- Reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in knee
- Removal of inflamed lining
- Repair of torn ligaments
- Removal of loose bone or cartilage