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May 7, 1982

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee

JAMA. 1982;247(17):2431. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320420073050

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Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee is a concise and precise description of the use of the arthroscope as a diagnostic and operative tool in the treatment of knee disorders.

Dandy first presents an excellent review of the development of endoscopic techniques from the first report of endoscopy by Bozzini in 1806 until the present. Next, he clearly outlines his techniques for diagnostic arthroscopy, giving detailed descriptions of equipment needed, organization of the operating room staff, and useful portals of entry and a guide to successful viewing of each compartment of the knee. The remainder of the text is devoted to explaining the techniques of operative arthroscopy, including synovial biopsy, loose body removal, plica resection, lateral release, chondral shaving and drilling, and partial meniscectomy.

The author rightly cautions the reader that arthroscopy and arthroscopic surgery require practice and patience. "Although the results of arthroscopic surgery are remarkably successful, the procedures are