Arthroscopy is a procedure to look inside a joint by using an arthroscope. An arthroscope is like a thin telescope with a light source. It is used to light up and magnify the structures inside a joint. An arthroscope is passed through a small cut in the skin and into a joint.
At KIMS, we perform arthroscopy to investigate symptoms such as pain, swelling, or instability of a joint. Arthroscopy may show damage to cartilage or ligaments within a joint, fragments of bone or cartilage which have broken off ('loose bodies'), or signs of arthritis. In addition to simply looking inside, our doctors at KIMS may use fine instruments that are also passed into the joint through a small incision in the skin ('keyhole surgery'). These instruments are used to cut, trim, biopsy, grab, etc, inside the joint.