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Why is Arthroscopy Necessary?

While injury is a common reason people seek arthroscopic surgery, disease and everyday wear and tear can also contribute to joint problems. Unfortunately, many knee injuries cannot be corrected without surgical intervention, and when left uncorrected can even contribute further damage to bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Arthroscopy can help doctors determine what measures are necessary to restore the knee to its original range of motion as well as reduce discomfort associated with injury and wear. The advantage of arthroscopic surgery over open surgery is that the joint does not need to be opened up and some patients experience faster, easier recoveries. Some common conditions found during arthroscopic examinations of the joints include:


Inflammation can be caused by injury, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infection. Additionally, synovitis, an inflammation of the lining in the knee, shoulder, or ankle can cause damage to joints and surrounding cartilage.


Disease can cause damage to bones, cartilage, muscles and tendons surrounding the joint.

Acute or Chronic Injury

Cartilage tears (commonly called meniscus tears), and deterioration of cartilage under the kneecap are common injuries that can be diagnosed and treated during arthroscopic surgery. Everyday wear and movements also can contribute to chronic injury.

Knee Injury

The knee and shoulder are the two most common areas examined during arthroscopy. Knee injuries can include the wearing or injury of cartilage cushion (chondromalacia), and meniscal (cartilage) tears, which can cause instability and loss in movement.

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