Mini Review
Volume 12 Issue 11 - 2021
Why would a Rheumatologist want to Wield an Arthroscope?
Robert W Ike*
Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
*Corresponding Author: Robert W Ike, Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Received: September 28, 2021; Published: November 29, 2021


The arthroscope is not generally considered a tool of the rheumatologist, even though some rheumatologists have been involved with arthroscopy since the very early days of the development of the technique. The arthroscope is an excellent tool for assessment of the synovium, upon which rheumatologists are focusing ever more of their attention, even to the point of tailoring therapies based on specific synovial characteristics. Clinical improvements have been described following non-operative arthroscopy in several different arthritides. Newly available small-bore arthroscopes suitable for use in an office setting offer an opportunity for rheumatologists to explore uses of the ’scope in their disorders away from any potential conflict with their operating room based orthopedic colleagues.

Keywords: Rheumatologist; Arthroscope; Osteoarthritis


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