Arthroscopy of joints – what is it and why to undergo?

Arthroscopy is a minimum invasion surgical procedure carried out for diagnostic or treatment purposes for various joint conditions and joint injuries, including intra-articular tissues.

During a procedure, an arthroscope with a tiny camera is led into a joint through a small incision on the skin. Imagery from the camera is projected on a large screen for a surgeon who controls the entire process. Camera-controlled surgeries are carried out for damaged meniscuses, to repair cruciate ligaments or to treat articular cartilage.

Shoulder arthroscopy and knee arthroscopy are the specialty of The Rudenko Clinic in Zaporizhia. We have the entire setup and we follow all modern protocols adopted for such a high-tech medical procedure.  


Who should qualify for arthroscopy?

Because arthroscopy is used both for diagnostics and treatment, there are certain criteria for each kind of the procedure.

shoulder arthroscopyIndications for diagnostic arthroscopy:

  • pain of unidentified origin not treatable with methods of a standard therapy
  • synovitis of various genesis
  • complex intra-articular fractures
  • damages to a ligament system of a joint
  • need to carry out biopsy
  • dislocation of a kneecap
  • avascular necrosis of joint tissues
  • need to assess a condition of a joint before joint replacement
  • rheumatoid arthritis


knee arthroscopyIndications for treatment arthroscopy:

  • foreign bodies in joints (metal chips, nails, rounds, etc.)
  • marginal bone overgrowth (osteophytes) and spikes
  • damaged cruciate ligaments
  • meniscal tear
  • Hoffa’s syndrome known as infrapatellar fat pad syndrome
  • Joint sanitation

Arthroscopy at The Rudenko Clinic offers a number of advantages over a standard open intervention procedure on joints.

First advantage: saving the time, the most invaluable human resource. The procedure does not require many staff or technical fittings.

Second advantage: minimum damage to tissues as the procedure is almost bloodless and does not require general anesthesia (narcosis).

And, finally, third advantage: wide spectrum of intra-articular manipulations. Joints and their ligaments are very complex and delicate structures. Our highly experienced surgeons know the skill and the drill of delicate interventions and will use it to your advantage.



Like any medical procedure, a shoulder arthroscopy or a knee arthroscopy has a number of counter-indications that must be strictly observed and discussed during a pre-surgical examination of a patient. Here is a list of them.

  • cardiovascular morbidities
  • acute infections
  • exacerbation of chronic diseases
  • traumas followed by massive haemorrhage in a joint cavity and decompensated states
  • infected wounds, festering areas and bone tuberculosis
  • anchylosis (absence of articular cavity)
  • uncontrolled hemophilia
  • mental illnesses in the acute stage

How much time will the treatment take?

The answer to this question depends on many individual factors. Normally, our patients stay in our clinic for a very short period of time. Shortly before your arthroscopy procedure, you will be admitted to our clinic where you will have consultations with your operating traumatologist and anesthesiologist and we will run all necessary pre-surgical tests.

On a day of a surgery or the following day you already can go back home. At a discharge from our clinic, your doctor will issue you recommendations on rehabilitation.

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