Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose or treat your joint problem. A problem may be chronic (ongoing) or acute (sudden). Constant use of a joint over time can lead to chronic problems. An acute injury can result from a sudden fall, blow or twisting motion.
How Arthroscopy Works
To look inside your joint, your surgeon will use an arthroscope. This is a slender instrument that contains a lens and a light source. The arthroscope and other special tools are inserted into the joint through portals (tiny incisions). Using a camera, the arthroscope sends an image of your joint to a monitor. This lets your surgeon see your joint more clearly.