The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, arthro (joint) and skopein (to look). The word means to literally look within the joint. In the past, treatment of orthopaedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions, a hospital stay and a prolonged recovery period. Arthroscopy has revolutionized the treatment of joint injuries. Oak Cliff Orthopaedic Associates performs all types of arthroscopic surgery. Our doctors are very capable of performing arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and ankle. With the use of an arthroscope our doctors are able to visualize, make diagnoses, and surgically treat different problems or injuries involving the joint. The latest arthroscopic equipment is at our doctors disposal. With the advent of the arthroscope, advancements are becoming available allowing our doctors to use less invasive procedures and incisions in an effort to minimize the trauma as well as improve the cosmetic appearance postoperatively. The arthroscope has given our doctors the ability to treat difficult problems and return the patient to a productive life quickly.