What is arthroscopy?

The English word arthroscopy stems from two Greek words: “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). The term literally means “a look within the joint.” Arthroscopy is the most advanced surgical technique for examination and treatment of joint diseases.

How does arthroscopy work?

  • A small region of hair is clipped over the joint
  • The joint is expanded with sterile fluid
  • The ports for the camera and instruments are created with two small incisions about the size of an eraser.
  • A camera (arthroscope) is inserted into the joint
  • A second port is made over the area of the joint that needs treatment
  • Abnormal tissue is removed using small forceps, or an arthroscopic power shaver

The arthroscope is equipped with a light and a camera. The camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon a clear view of the joint.

The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem if necessary.

The arthroscopic technique provides the best view and greatest opportunity for treatment of joint disease currently available in veterinary medicine. Animal Specialty and Emergency Center of Brevard is proud to be one of the very few veterinary referral practices in the Southeastern United States to offer arthroscopy with the latest in HD arthroscopy technology.

What types of diseases or conditions is arthroscopy recommended for?


  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Biceps disease
  • osteoarthritis


  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Fragmented coronoid process
  • Osteoarthritis


  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Cruciate and meniscal disease