ARTHROSCOPY OF THE HIP OR KNEE
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique done for joints like the hip or knee to treat various orthopaedic issues such as:
- To remove bony spurs in the joint
- To remove inflamed tissue or loose cartilage in the joint
- To repair a torn labrum, meniscus or ligament
- To treat overuse injuries such as tendonitis and bursitis
Arthroscopic surgery is done using tiny tube-like instruments through small puncture-like incisions to make surgery minimally invasive. Under general anaesthesia, an arthroscope, which is a small tube-like instrument fitted with a camera, can be inserted into the joint to visualise the internal structures on a monitor. More thin surgical tools can be inserted into other incisions to perform surgery without the need for a large incision or the disruption of healthy tissues that may be in the way.
Arthroscopic surgery generally means quicker recovery and less pain during recovery. The exact length of your recovery period will largely depend on the reason for surgery and the type of surgery needed. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss physiotherapy and rehabilitation with you after surgery.