The arthroscope is a fibre-optic telescope that can be inserted into a joint (commonly the knee, shoulder, hip and ankle) to evaluate and treat a number of conditions. A camera is attached to the arthroscope and the picture is displayed on a TV monitor.

The arthroscope is an excellent means of examining the whole of the knee and most conditions can be treated at the same time. Knee arthroscopy is one of the most common orthopaedic operations performed worldwide.

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