Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used by orthopaedic surgeons to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery requires the use of anesthetics and the special equipment in a hospital operating room or outpatient surgical suite. The surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through a small incision by attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera. Other incisions may be made to visualize other parts of the joint or insert surgical instruments. There are six joints most frequently examined with an arthroscope including the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip and wrist. As each patient’s arthroscopic surgery is unique to that person, recovery time is based on the diagnosis and other contributing factors.