Arthroscopy describes is any surgery in which a tiny fiberoptic camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into the body through a small incision. Shoulder arthroscopy with decompression uses an arthroscope in the shoulder joint to identify and remove floating bodies and bone spurs that cause shoulder pain.
Arthroscopy is often the method of choice in knee surgery when performing a
- meniscectomy (removal of the crescent-shaped cartilage that lies between the between the femur and the tibia bones),
- chondroplasty (surgery of other cartilaginous formation in the knee), or
- reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (the ligament that runs between the femur and the tibia).
Last updated on 31 May 2011