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 Pastrnak had a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair Sept. 16. Andrew Mahoney,, "Don Sweeney says Bruins made an offer to Zdeno Chara months ago," 31 Dec. 2020 Faith eventually scheduled a temporomandibular joint arthroscopy, a surgery that relieves pain and restores the jaw's full range of motion. Bethany Ao Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, "The pandemic is taking a toll on teeth," 30 Oct. 2020 Not surprisingly, arthroscopy turns out to be much more helpful for some conditions than others. Robert H. Shmerling,, "Surgeons are doing fewer knee surgeries," 18 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of arthroscopy

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arthroscopy

borrowed from German Arthroskopie, from arthro- arthro- + -skopie -scopy

Note: See note at arthroscope. As originally performed by Bircher, arthroscopy was purely a diagnostic procedure, with repair or removal of tissue being done by open surgery.

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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 arthroscopy (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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