ar·​thros·​co·​py | \ är-ˈthrä-skə-pē How to pronounce arthroscopy (audio) \

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 In arthroscopy, two small incisions are made, one for the scope and one for instruments, causing less damage to connective tissue.— Janic Lloyd

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Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, your doctor or dentist will do a TMJ arthroscopy, which involves inserting a small thin tube into the joint space, followed by a small camera to check out the area, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Uh, Is It a Problem If You Can 'Pop' Your Jaw?," 16 Nov. 2018 His other specialty interests include arthroscopy of the knee, ankle, wrist and elbow, and general orthopaedics. Orthocincy,, "About us: Dr. Kevin J. Shaw," 19 June 2018 Serrato received advanced training in knee and shoulder reconstruction, arthroscopy and sports medicine at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Community briefs: Brookwood Elementary marks 25 year," 11 Mar. 2018 His practice includes ankle arthroscopy, fractures, Achilles tendon disorders, total ankle replacement and forefoot reconstruction. Orthocincy,, "Foot and Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine: Dr. Nicholas T. Gates," 15 Jan. 2018 Things to search for: vaginal delivery, C-section, tympanostomy (ear tubes), bunion, MRI, X-ray, colonoscopy, CAT scan, ultrasound, cataract removal, arthroscopy, endoscopy, blood transfusion, hernia repair. Jeanne Pinder,, "What's in our database? Prices, prices and more prices," 20 Feb. 2018 The Frenchman had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning following Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Tottenham., "Arsenal Striker Alexandre Lacazette to Miss Up to Six Weeks With Knee Injury," 13 Feb. 2018 There are 17 procedures covered, including hip replacement, shoulder arthroscopy, knee replacement and bariatric surgery. Laurel Andrews, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaskans seek relief from high health care costs with medical tourism," 8 Nov. 2015 The truth is our knowledge of head injury today is like that of knee injuries in the pre-MRI and arthroscopy era. Profootballdoc,, "Plea for timely truth about football's link to brain disease," 27 July 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Arthroscopy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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ar·​thros·​co·​py | \ är-ˈthräs-kə-pē How to pronounce arthroscopy (audio) \
plural arthroscopies

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

Other Words from arthroscopy

arthroscopic \ ˌär-​thrə-​ˈskäp-​ik How to pronounce arthroscopic (audio) \ adjective
arthroscopic surgery Arthroscopic treatment of degenerative arthritis can be successful in the early stages by removal of loose bodies and osteophytes from the olecranon and coronoid processes, as well as from their respective fossae. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 1 Mar. 1999 Today the arsenal of arthroscopic instruments is varied and sophisticated. A surgeon can study the entire interior of the joint by penetrating the knee from several different locations and using scopes with angled optics. — Arnold Schechter, Sports Illustrated, 25 Oct. 1982
arthroscopically adverb
His right knee was also examined arthroscopically for torn cartilage but no damage was found. — Denise Tom Brown, USA Today, 17 Oct. 1986

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