Arthroscopic Surgery | The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey

A doctor examines an arthroscopic surgery patient's knee.

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to efficiently view, diagnose and treat conditions within the joints of the body including:

At The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, our orthopedic surgeons are experienced in using this advanced technology to evaluate the source of symptoms of the joint and assist in repair of certain disorders.

During the procedure, a small incision is made and a scope (thin, flexible tube with video camera and light source attached) is inserted into the joint. Video is then transmitted through fiber optics within the scope onto a television screen. This gives the surgeon the ability to view the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage of the joint without the need for invasive exploratory surgery.

Depending on the complexity of the condition, this procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis with anesthesia, and most patients go home within several hours.

Why is Arthroscopic Surgery Performed?

After a detailed medical history is taken, a physical examination is performed and other diagnostic testing has been done (e.g. X-ray, MRI or CT scan), arthroscopic surgery is performed to make a final diagnosis for conditions including:

  • Inflammation of parts of the joint such as the synovial membrane, the lining of the joints
  • Acute or chronic injury such as ligament or tendon tears in all the major joints of the body
  • Diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis and bursitis

Furthermore, several surgical procedures may be combined with arthroscopic surgery through the use of tiny instruments that are inserted into the joint via additional incisions.

These include:

  • Reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament in knee
  • Release of carpal tunnel
  • Removal of inflamed lining (synovium) in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle
  • Removal of loose bone or cartilage in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and wrist
  • Repair of torn ligaments
  • Repair or resection of torn cartilage (meniscus) from knee or shoulder
  • Rotator cuff surgery

Recovery Following Surgery

Following the procedure, the incisions will heal within a couple of days. The joint that was explored and/or repaired may take up to several weeks to maximally recover. Our specialists may even recommend a rehabilitation program that will serve to reduce recovery time and protect future joint function.

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