The arthroscope is a small fiber optic instrument attached to a camera, 3-5 millimeters in size, that can be placed into the shoulder joint. The athroscope is inserted through a small incisions about the shoulder. This procedure evaluates the entire shoulder joint, including the ligaments, the biceps tendon, the rotator cuff, the joint lining and the cartilage surface.
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Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a surgeon to look inside a joint by using small incisions (portals) and instruments the width of a pencil. Most people are aware of knee and shoulder arthroscopy, but the elbow joint has many conditions that can be treated with arthroscopy as well. The elbow is the joint that connects the upper arm bone and the forearm bones. Because the incisions used with elbow arthroscopy are smaller and disrupt less soft tissue than conventional open surgery, pain, swelling and stiffness are minimized and recovery is often faster.
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