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Arthroscopy

This page will tell you more about Arthroscopy at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust – a renowned Centre of Excellence for orthopaedic surgery.

  • An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery which is used for the diagnosis and treatment of joint problems
  • Arthroscopy is mainly used for the treatment of shoulders, elbows, hands and wrists
  • An arthroscopy is predominantly a same day case procedure, meaning that most patients will be out of hospital in one day with no overnight stay necessary

Why Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is ideal for those who have problems such as stiffness and swelling and need a diagnosis. It is considered to be a safe form of surgery, with the risk of serious complications at less than 1%.

Arthroscopy can also be used to treat a variety of joint problems, such as:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Fragments of loose cartilage or bone

How is it performed?

In the operation, done under general or epiduralanaesthetic you can expect to experience the following:

  • A small incision will be made and the arthroscope will be inserted through this hole
  • The arthroscope is a small, metal tube with a cluster of fibre optics which acts as both a light and a camera
  • During the arthroscopy, small surgical equipment can be passed down the tube in order to operate
  • The consultant may choose to make alternative incisions in order to insert additional instruments

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