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What is the definition or description of: arthroscopy?

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Joint Surgery: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker recovery than open surgery.
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Incisions/scope: Use of instruments and a scope through very small incisions to minimized pain and scarring.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Arthroscopy is...: Arthroscopy is the examination of a joint, specifically, the inside structures. The procedure is performed by inserting a specifically designed illuminated device into the joint through a small incision. This instrument is called an arthroscope. The procedure of arthroscopy is primarily associated with the process of diagnosis.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Arthroscopy: Arthroscopy is a procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate and treat disorders of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, hip, subtalar joint, among others. It is minimally invasive outpatient surgery that can improve quality of life.

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