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What is Arthroscopy surgery?


shutterstock 95945713 300x300 - What is Arthroscopy surgery?The respectable Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides arthroscopy surgery to patients in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Most shoulder issues are a result of overuse, injury and age-related wear and tear. Shoulder arthroscopy may treat the painful symptoms of various conditions that damage the labrum, rotator cuff tendons, articular cartilage, and other soft tissues around the joints.

Some standard arthroscopic procedures include:

  • Removal or repair of the labrum
  • Removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage
  • Bone spur removal
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Repair of ligaments
  • Repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation

The surgeon may also use an arthroscope to perform less common orthopedic surgery procedures such as fracture repair, nerve release, and cyst excision. Certain surgical procedures such as shoulder replacement still warrant an open surgery with more substantial incisions.


The surgeon will initially inject fluid into the shoulder to inflate the joint. This will offer them ease in viewing the shoulder structures clearly through the arthroscope. After that, the surgeon will make a tiny puncture in the shoulder (nearly the size of a buttonhole) for the arthroscope.

Fluid keeps flowing through the arthroscope to ensure that the view remains clear and to control bleeding if any. The images from the arthroscope will be projected on the video screen displaying to the surgeon the inside of the patient’s shoulder and any damage.

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy may address painful symptoms of various issues that damage the cartilage surface and other soft tissues around the joint.

Standard arthroscopic procedures for the knee are as follows:

  • Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
  • Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
  • Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
  • Trimming of damaged articular cartilage
  • Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Treatment of knee sepsis (infection)
  • Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems


During knee arthroscopy, the surgeon will insert a small camera, known as an arthroscope, into the patient’s knee joint. The camera will display images on a video monitor, and the surgeon utilizes these pictures to guide tiny surgical instruments.

The surgeon will place tiny incisions rather than the more substantial ones used for open surgery as the arthroscope and surgical tools are very thin. This provides patients the benefits of less pain, less stiffness in the joints, and often shorter recovery periods.

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a procedure that allows surgeons to view the hip joint without placing a significant incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy can help diagnose and address various hip conditions.

The surgeon may advise the patient for hip arthroscopy in case they have a painful condition that is unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment. Nonsurgical treatments may include physical therapy, rest, medicines or injections that can decrease swelling.

Hip arthroscopy address painful symptoms of multiple conditions that cause damage to the articular cartilage, labrum, or other soft tissues around the joint.


During hip arthroscopy, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera, known as an arthroscope, into the patient’s hip joint. The camera displays images on a video monitor. This enables the surgeon to use these pictures to guide miniature surgical tools.

Committed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other towns and suburbs in this part of the state for arthroscopy surgery.

Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:

North Hollywood: 818.755.6500
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030

Serving patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, West Hollywood, Century City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.

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