Arthroscopy is a technique for direct visual inspection of internal joint structures, including biopsy and other surgical procedures performed under visual contro
For arthroscopic jaw surgery, the surgeon inserts a pencil-thin, lighted tube (arthroscope) into the jaw joint through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope is connected to a small camera outside the body that transmits a close-up image of the joint to a TV monitor.
The surgeon can insert surgical instruments through the arthroscope to do surgery on the joint, preventing the need for more surgical incisions. This technique is used to diagnose and treat temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
During arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon may:
- Remove scar tissue and thickened cartilage.
- Reshape parts of the jawbone.
- Reposition the disc.
- Tighten the joint to limit movement.
- Flush (lavage) the joint.
- Insert an anti-inflammatory medicine.
Indications Of Arthroscopy:
- Biopsy of suspected lesions or disease
- Confirmation of other diagnostic findings that could warrant surgical intervention
- Unexplained persistent TMJ pain that is non-responsive to medical therapy.