Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through small incisions using an arthroscope, an instrument the size of a pencil.
Using an arthroscope, orthopaedic surgeons can visualize the joint and the surrounding area with the help of a miniature television camera attached to this tool. They can then diagnose the injury or condition and treat it. Because the surgery is performed through small incisions, patients experience a quicker recovery, with less post-operative pain. Patients also are able to return home sooner—often the day of the procedure.