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What Is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopedics use to look at, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.

Doctors may recommend it if you have inflammation in a joint, have injured a joint, or have damaged a joint over time. It’s usually done on the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, or wrist.

How Soon Does The Recovery Start?


You may have some pain in the joint after surgery. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication. He might also prescribe other medications to prevent blood clots.

You may need crutches, a splint, or a sling for support as you recover.

Arthroscopic surgery usually results in less joint pain and stiffness than open surgery. Recovery also generally takes less time. You’ll have small puncture wounds where the arthroscopic tools went into your body.

Rehabilitation or specific exercises can help speed your recovery. Your doctor will tell you which ones are safe to do.

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