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An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used both to diagnose and treat problems with joints.
When an arthroscopy is used
An arthroscopy can help diagnose joint problems, such as unexplained joint pain and joint stiffness. It can also be used to treat joint problems and joint conditions.
How an arthroscopy is carried out
An arthroscopy usually takes 30 to 40 minutes to complete, but if more extensive surgery is required it can sometimes last for up to an hour.
Recovering from an arthroscopy
Following an arthroscopy how long it will be before you can return to normal activities will depend on your general health and the type of work that you do.
Complications of an arthroscopy
An arthroscopy is generally a safe type of surgery and any complications, such as stiffness and swelling in the affected joint, are usually minor and temporary.
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