- Wrist & Hand
Arthroscopy is the practice of looking inside a joint with a small camera. It allows a thorough assessment of the bearing surface of the joint (articular cartilage), the lining of the joint (capsule) as well as the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.
A number of procedures in the upper limb, and in particular the shoulder, can be performed via arthroscopy. This is beneficial to patients because the operation needs smaller skin incisions, and so the recovery and rehabilitation are much quicker than with more traditional open operations, that need bigger incisions. Furthermore, virtually all arthroscopic procedures can be performed as day case operations, meaning there is no need to stay in hospital overnight following your surgery.