Arthroscopy has revolutionized
the treatment of joint injuries.
In the past, treatment
of orthopedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions,
a hospital stay, and a prolonged recovery period.
But today, with the
help of an arthroscope, today's orthopedic surgeon can easily examine,
diagnose, and treat problems in the joint that previously may have been
difficult to identify.
The arthroscope is
a small fiber-optic viewing instrument made up of a tiny lens, light source
and video camera.