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    arthroscopydoc
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    What is arthroscopy?

    Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure used for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting joints. The doctor can directly view the internal structures of a joint using an instrument called an arthroscope.
    Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat joint problems. An arthroscope is a small, tube shaped instrument that is used to look inside a joint.
    It consists of a system of lenses, a small video camera, and a light for viewing. The camera is connected to a monitoring system that allows the doctor to view a joint through a very small incision. The arthroscope is often used in conjunction with other tools that are inserted through another incision.
    The joint most frequently examined using arthroscopy is the knee. However, arthroscopy can be used to examine other joints, including the following:

    • Shoulder
    • Elbow
    • Ankle
    • Hip
    • Wrist

    This is far better than opening the joint to operate.The patient has just small openings in the joint and can go home earlier and start daily activities much faster than after open surgery.

    Some symptoms that could suggest that you need an arthroscopy include.Pain in the knee, Hearing of a clicking noise in the knee, swelling, feeling of the knee “shifting” when you run or walk. Other symptoms include shoulder or ankle pain.
    Visit your doctor and explain your symptoms to him/her for advice.

    #2029

    chuk01
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    I only heard the word arthroscopy once on the news, is this procedure available in African countries? or is it one of health services that only rich people can afford?

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    arthroscopydoc
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    Arthroscopy is currently available in Nigeria. It is also for everybody not just the rich!

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