An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat problems with joints.It'smost commonly used on the knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips.The equipment used during an arthroscopy is very small, so only small cuts in the skin are needed. This means it has some advantages over traditional, ""open"" surgery, including:
An arthroscopy can be used to assess the level of joint damage resulting from an injury, such as a sports injury, or from underlying conditions that can cause joint damage, such as osteoarthritis.
The procedure can also be used to treat a range of joint problems and conditions, including:
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