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arthroscopyDiagnosing joint injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) are frequently useful as well.

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopaedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.

We at SportsMed-Wheaton Orthopaedics specialize in arthroscopic treatment of conditions involving the kneeshoulder, hipankleelbow and hand.

How does Arthoscopy work?

For arthroscopic procedures, our surgeons make small incisions, about a quarter of an inch, in the patient’s skin. A narrow telescope, the width of a pencil, is then inserted into the joint to be examined. The arthroscope carries a series of lenses and a fiber-optic lighting system that illuminates and magnifies the structures within the joint. A camera is attached to the eyepiece of the scope and the images are projected on a television screen. Surgical instruments are manipulated through the secondary “portals” and are used to repair or correct the problems as necessary.

What kind of conditions can be effectively treated with arthroscopy?

  • Knee: Surgical Treatment for Meniscus (Cartilage) Tears, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructions, Chondromalacia Surgery, Removal of Loose Bodies
  • Shoulder: Surgical Treatment and Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears, Repair for Shoulder Instability, Repairs of SLAP Tears, Treatment for Impingement Syndrome and Chronic Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Wrist: Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow: Removal of Loose Bodies
  • Ankle: Removal of Loose Bodies, Treatment of Talar Dome Defects
  • Hip: Treatment of Labral Injuries


To determine if Arthroscopic Surgery is applicable and beneficial for your painful joint, contact us at 630-665-9155 or request an appointment with one of our board certified orthopaedic surgeons.