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A 24-year-old female asked:

is misctomy and arthoscopy same.? what is the difference?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
No: Arthroscopy is an orthopedic surgery where a small 'scope' w/ camera is placed into a joint to visualize structures and perform procedures(knee, shoulder , elbow , ankle, wrist, hip etc.)meniscectomy involves removing a torn piece of cartilage ( arthroscopically) from the knee joint. Meniscus='cushion' cartilage in knee . Hope this is clear!
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
No: Arthroscopy is a technique for looking into a joint with a tube that contains an optic system for a camera and a light . It allows a surgeon to see and fix things in a joint 9commonly the knee or shoulder) without making a larger cut to do so. By "misctomy" i assume what you meant was "meniscectomy". That is to remove part or all of the knee's meniscus with can be done arthroscopically.
Dr. Jonathan Cluett
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
A type of scope: An meniscectomy is a type of arthroscopic surgery of the knee. In fact, it is the most common type of arthroscopy. During the surgery, damaged meniscus is removed from the knee: http://abt.Cm/1j1bxcz.

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