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what is the definition or description of: arthroscopy?

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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
General Surgery 30 years experience
Incisions/scope: Use of instruments and a scope through very small incisions to minimized pain and scarring.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 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 36 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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A 27-year-old member asked:

What will an arthroscopy entail?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Surgery w/ a camera: Arthroscopic surgery involves using a camera to address problems in and around a joint, such as for knee meniscus tears, ACL tears in the knee, and rotator cuff tears in the shoulder, to name a few. The advantages of arthroscopic surgery are that it is minimally invasive (small incisions) and it allows for excellent visualization of the structures in and around the joint.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference orthroscopy and an arthroscopy?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Arthroscopy: It appears that orthroscopy is a misspelling of the term arthroscopy. So there is no difference.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is a mr arthroscopy?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
MR athroscopy: You may be asking about virtural mr arthroscopy which is a examination of a joint to elaborate on the finding of a MRI arthography exam. This test is done by radiologists to assist doctors in diagnosis.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some considerations of arthroscopy ?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Can be limited: Wrist arthroscopy is an excellent, fairly low risk procedure for diagnosing and treating many wrist conditions including, ligament tears, synovitis, mild arthritis and ganglion cysts. It is limited to what can be performed through small portals in the wrist and sometimes other procedures may be needed.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are normal results for an arthroscopy?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on reason: Arthroscopy is a method of performing surgical procedures. Many joints can be treated arthroscopically. Without knowing the specific joint, the reason for surgery, and the procedure performed, it is impossible to give “normal results.” but, in general, for the right indications, the results of arthroscopic procedures are very good to excellent.

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