Procedures – Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to visualize the inside of your joint without the trauma of major surgery. Arthroscopy is most typically performed on the knee, and shoulder, but other joints like hip, ankle, elbow and wrist can also be scoped.

How is it done?

Small incisions are made in the skin and a tool called an arthroscope is inserted. The arthroscope allows the physician to visualize bone structures, ligaments, and muscles. The physician can also insert tools through the other small incisions and repair tissue when necessary.

Will it hurt?

You will most likely not feel anything as you will be given anesthetics for this procedure. General anesthetic will make you unconscious during the procedure. A local anesthetics will make your appendage numb during the procedure.

What should I expect after?

After the procedure, you may experience some soreness and pain. Your physician will discuss pain management such as applying ice to the site, which helps reduce both pain and swelling. Your physician may also prescribe something for post-procedure discomfort.