Arthroscopy, also called arthroscopic surgery, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure involving a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of an injury is performed using an arthroscope (an rigid endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision).
Our orthopaedic clinicians use arthroscopy to view the inside of the joint on a video monitor, and can diagnose and repair torn joint tissue, such as ligaments and menisci or cartilage.
Arthroscopy can be performed to evaluate or treat many orthopaedic conditions although in some cases the procedure may have to be converted to an arthrotomy (open joint surgery). The advantage over arthrotomy is that the joint does not have to be opened up fully therefore minimising trauma to connective tissues and in most cases facilitates a quicker recovery.
Our state-of-the-art Storz arthroscopy system allows us to view joints with superb magnification and clarity for diagnostic and for surgical intervention. Very delicate surgical procedures can be performed “keyhole” with minimal side-effects on the patient in terms of post-operative morbidity or pain.
Our second theatre-integrated arthroscopy system is literally mounted as an integral part of the operating theatre. This is the first Sony system installed for small animal arthroscopy in the world and the clarity of image generation and capture is unparalleled