An arthroscopy, or “keyhole surgery,” is a minimally invasive operation using an arthroscope (joint-specific instrument) that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. It can be used to either diagnose or treat a joint problem. This procedure is most often used to diagnose a problem when x-rays are not providing sufficient information for diagnosis, as it involves a small fiber optic camera.
Minimally invasive surgery keeps surgical pain at a minimum and allows for a quicker recovery, returning you to your busy and active lifestyle more quickly. And by keeping incisions small, your surrounding tissues and structures are protected from disturbance while you receive treatment on a small area of the body.