Yourwellness Magazine Explains the Advantages and Risks of Arthroscopy

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As the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda recently donated a set of arthroscopy equipment to CoRSU hospital, Kisubi, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at what’s involved in an arthroscopy.

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The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E Kazuo Minagawa recently handed over a set of arthroscopy equipment estimated to benefit more than 4,000 disabled people in Uganda, All Africa reported September 21st. According to the article, “Uganda: Better Modern Services for the Disabled,” the establishment of an arthroscopic unit at CoRSU hospital, Kisubi, will help develop arthroscopic services in Uganda by enabling doctors to have quality training with the machine. Irene Nabalamba, the advocacy officer at CoRSU, commented, ‘The availability of the arthroscopic machine will enable CoRSU to start a new surgical service that is very new in Uganda and can really help change people's lives without major surgery.’ (

This inspired Yourwellness Magazine to take a closer look at arthroscopy. Yourwellness Magazine explained, "An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery that is used both to diagnose problems with the joints and to repair damage to the joints. The procedure is most commonly used on the knees, wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders. If you have problems with your joints, such as swelling or stiffness, and initial imaging tests have not been able to find what is causing the problem, an arthroscopy might be recommended to look at the inside of the joint." (

Yourwellness Magazine noted that an arthroscopy is usually a safe type of surgery and the risk of serious complications developing is low. Yourwellness Magazine did outline, however, certain risks associated with arthroscopy; namely, infection and accidental damage to nerves near the affected joint. According to Yourwellness Magazine, the advantages of an arthroscopy compared with traditional open surgery include less post-operative pain, a faster recovery time and a lower risk of complications. Yourwellness Magazine added that it is usually possible for a person to do light, physical activities one to three weeks after having an arthroscopy, while full physical activities, such as lifting and sport, can usually be resumed after six to eight weeks.

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