Arthroscopic Laser Chondroplasty

  • Neil D. Glossop
  • Robert W. Jackson


As our understanding of the mechanisms of osteoarthritis increases, so too does the prospect of developing better methods of treatment. More than 37 million people are currently afflicted with arthritis in the United States alone. Almost everyone over the age of 60 suffers from osteoarthritis to some extent. Orthopaedists and rheuma-tologists now treat patients aggressively with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), total joint arthroplasty, physiotherapy, arthroscopic lavage, and chondral debridement (chondroplasty). This last treatment, a minimally invasive procedure, is performed routinely on thousands of patients every year and produces mostly favorable results in the short term. It is suitable for young patients who are not candidates for joint replacement and older patients who are at risk from major surgery.


Articular Cartilage Excimer Laser Arthroscopic Debridement Excimer Laser Irradiation Arthroscopic Lavage 
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  • Robert W. Jackson

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