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Arthroscopy is here to stay
  1. Jón Karlsson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jón Karlsson, Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hopsital, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Göteborg SE-405 30, Sweden; jon.karlsson{at}

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To see inside joints using a small scope is something that first was done around 100 years ago. The first arthroscopes were both large and clumsy and for many decades only diagnostic evaluations were possible. It is only during the last 20–30 years that therapeutic arthroscopy has seen the light of day. Today, diagnostic arthroscopy alone is hardly performed. In the beginning, arthroscopy was almost only related to the knee and other joints were rarely considered—and in fact technically more or less impossible. The knee is still the joint where the most progress is made, but nowadays the arthroscope is an universal tool and more or less all joints of the body are evaluated and treated using the arthroscope, even the smallest joints.

In this issue of the journal we find two important and updated state of the art papers about arthroscopy of the ankle1 and the elbow.2 After arthroscopy of …

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