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Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows your doctor to look at
the inside of a joint in your body through a thin viewing instrument called an
arthroscope. During arthroscopy, the arthroscope is inserted into your joint
through a small cut (incision) in the skin. The arthroscope has a light source
and a video camera attached to it. Images from the camera can be seen on a
video monitor. These magnified images provide a clear picture of your joint. A
sample of joint tissue can be collected during arthroscopy for biopsy. If
surgery is done, additional instruments will be inserted into your joint
through other small incisions.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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