Arthroscopy is a surgery done to examine a joint visually. Most of the time, it is done on large joints like the knee or shoulder. A special tool called an arthroscope is used. It is an instrument that looks like a long tube with a miniature camera on the end. Repairs or corrections to the joint may be done by using the arthroscope and other tools.
|Diagnostic Arthroscopy of the Right Knee|
|Arthroscopy can be done to diagnose an injury or a condition.|
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Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Blood clots
- Swelling or bleeding
- Damage to blood vessels, nerves, or other tissue
- The need to have another surgery or more extensive surgery
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Pre-existing heart or lung condition
- Recent or chronic illness
- Bleeding disorders
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