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Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure to look inside and repair joints. An arthroscope is used to look inside joint. It is a thin telescope with a light source that is used to light up and magnify structure. The procedure may be done to investigate symptoms such as: swelling, pain or joint instability. It may show signs of cartilage or ligament damage within a joint and can also show signs of arthritis. Arthroscopic surgery can be used in a range of procedures, including: Taking out small bits of cartilage, removing damaged cartilage, repairing/ removing torn ligaments and removing inflamed tissue around the joint. The majority of arthroscopic procedures (about 17 in 20) are done on the knee joint and approximately 2 in 20 are done on the shoulder joint. The rest are usually done on the ankle, elbow, wrist and hip. Compared to the traditional surgery, arthroscopic surgery: reduces pain following the procedure, lowers the risk of complications, allowing for a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay.
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