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What is the definition or description of: arthroscopic surgery?

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Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Joint surgery: This surgery involves insertion of a lighted instrument with video camera attached into a joint and using small instruments through very small incisions to evaluate and treat certain types of joint problems. Because these surgeries are done through small incisions (1cm) there is less pain and a quicker recovery than doing surgery through larger incisions. Used often for knee, shoulder, and hips.
Dr. Eric Bluman
Dr. Eric Bluman commented
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Don't forget ankle, subtalar and great toe arthroscopy!
Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Joint+water+camera: Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose bodies and ligament reconstructions.

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