If it is determined that you are a candidate for arthroscopic surgery, your surgeon will first review the procedure with you in detail and answer any questions you may have. Your surgeon will also order imaging tests such as an X-ray to get a closer look at the inside of your joint.
On the day of the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia to eliminate any pain during the surgery. Your surgeon will then make a small incision and insert the arthroscope into your joint. Once the scope is in place, your surgeon will be able to view the inside of your joint on a monitor. Using special instruments, your surgeon will then treat the condition that is causing your symptoms.
Once the procedure is complete, the incisions will be closed, and you will be taken to a recovery room to be monitored. Most patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure and resume normal activities within a few weeks. Your surgeon will also provide you with specific instructions for your post-operative care.