An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat joint problems.
It's most commonly used on the knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. As compared to open surgery, arthroscopy has a lower risk of infection, heals faster, less painful and patients are able to return to normal activities more quickly.
An arthroscopy can be used to assess the level of joint damage resulting from an injury, such as a sports injury, or from underlying conditions that can cause joint damage, such as osteoarthritis. The procedure can also be used to treat a range of joint problems and conditions, including:
- Repairing damaged cartilage
- Draining away any excess fluid
- Frozen shoulder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Removing fragments of loose bone or cartilage
- Treating arthritis
- Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Sports injuries may happen during exercise, sports participation or any type of physical activity. The most common sports injuries are strains and sprains, which are when the ligaments have been stretched past their limits and have resulted in a tear. Depending on the severity of the injury, different types of treatment are available.
Surgery is likely if a person has sustained a serious injury or as a result of persistent symptoms that were not successful following the use of other treatments prior to the operation.
Sports surgery can repair damaged soft tissue and realign bones and joints. However, not all injuries require surgery. Some sports injuries may be treated through physical activity.
Dr. Moganadass Muniandy
Resident Consultant Orthopaedic, Arthroscopy & Sports Surgeon
04-373 9191 (Ext. 5771)