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Arthroscopy is a procedure in which a miniature telescope is inserted through a 2cm incision over a joint, for example the hip, knee, ankle or shoulder.

Other small incisions may be made to introduce instruments to remove fluid, diseased tissue or bone or to perform some procedures to the area. 

The inside of the joint is examined enabling the specialist to decide whether an operation is required to repair damage or remove loose material interfering with joint movement. Arthroscopy is very often performed as a day case with the patient under general anaesthetic. After the operation you should take it easy for a few days. You may have a few small stitches on each wound, which should be left in place until your follow-up appointment at the hospital, around 10-14 days later. You will be given exercises to do by your specialist and physiotherapist.

Arthroscopy consultants at Parkside Hospital

Parkside Hospital

53 Parkside, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5NX

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