Medical Definition of arthroscopy
: a minimally invasive surgical procedure involving visual examination of the interior of a joint with an arthroscope to diagnose or treat various conditions or injuries of a joint and especially to repair or remove damaged or diseased tissue or bone <… an alternative to replacement—in cases of athletic injury—may be arthroscopy, which allows surgeons to operate on the joint by means of a tiny camera and instruments inserted through small incisions.—Kenneth B. Chiacchia, Harvard Medical Health Letter, September 1992> <In most cases, if surgery is required, it means arthroscopy, which is the use of a scope and a mini-camera to look inside the knee.—Paul Collins, The Idaho Statesman (Boise), 8 July 2003> <During arthroscopy, irregular areas are shaved and torn labra are repaired.—Janice Lloyd, USA Today, 20 July 2009>
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