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Equipment for arthroscopy of the knee joint

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Summary

Experience with more than 1000 arthroscopies during six years has determined the selection of a basic set of instruments for the procedure which is described in this paper.

The equipment comprises two telescopes, with 30° and 70°·angles of vision. The outer sheaths have a diameter of 5 mm. Joint irrigation is performed using an infusion pump and a specially made outflow cannula. Small hooks are used to manipulate the intraarticular structures. Removal of loose bodies has also been performed under direct vision using the arthroscope.

Résumé

L'expérience de plus de 1000 arthroscopies pratiquées en six ans a permis de sélectionner un jeu d'instruments de base pour réaliser la technique décrite dans cet article.

L'équipement comporte deux optiques avec un angle de vision de 30° et de 70°. La gaine extérieure a un diamètre de 5 mm. L'irrigation articulaire est effectuée à l'aide d'une pompe à perfusion et d'un trocart de sortie spécialement destiné à cet usage.

On utilise de petits crochets pour mobiliser les structures intraarticulaires. On peut également pratiquer l'ablation de corps étrangers sous contrôle de la vue grâce à l'arthroscope.

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Gillquist, J., Hagberg, G. & Oretorp, N. Equipment for arthroscopy of the knee joint. International Orthopaedics 2, 245–248 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00266085

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  • Knee
  • Arthroscopy