arthroscopy

noun ar·thros·co·py \ är-ˈthräs-kə-pē \

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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First Known Use of arthroscopy

1925


Medical Dictionary

arthroscopy

noun ar·thros·co·py \ är-ˈthräs-kə-pē \

medical Definition of arthroscopy

plural arthroscopies
: 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. ChiacchiaHarvard Medical Health LetterSeptember 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 LloydUSA Today20 July 2009

arthroscopic

play \ˌär-thrə-ˈskäp-ik\ 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 Medicine1 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 SchechterSports Illustrated25 Oct. 1982

arthroscopically

adverb
    • His right knee was also examined arthroscopically for torn cartilage but no damage was found.
    • —Denise Tom BrownUSA Today17 Oct. 1986

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