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What exactly does it mean to have an arthroscopic surgery ?
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Definition
Arthroscopy simply means to put a cameral (scope) into a joint (arthro).
Usually this is performed through 5-8mm long incisions with a camera the diameter and length of a number two pencil. This allows the surgeon to visualize the entire inside of the joint. Usually other portals (5-8mm) are made and instruments are inserted to repair or clean out the inside of the joint.

In brief: Definition
Arthroscopy simply means to put a cameral (scope) into a joint (arthro).
Usually this is performed through 5-8mm long incisions with a camera the diameter and length of a number two pencil. This allows the surgeon to visualize the entire inside of the joint. Usually other portals (5-8mm) are made and instruments are inserted to repair or clean out the inside of the joint.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: We use a camera
Arthroscopy is when a camera is used to visualize a joint.
Before we had to cut the joint open to see inside, causing damage to the supporting joint structures. Now we use a small incision to place the camera within the joint and fill it up with fluid. Other small incisions are used to place instruments in the joint to shave, remove or repair tissue. Most procedures are done as an outpatient.

In brief: We use a camera
Arthroscopy is when a camera is used to visualize a joint.
Before we had to cut the joint open to see inside, causing damage to the supporting joint structures. Now we use a small incision to place the camera within the joint and fill it up with fluid. Other small incisions are used to place instruments in the joint to shave, remove or repair tissue. Most procedures are done as an outpatient.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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