Arthroscopic lavage means washing out any blood, fluid or loose debris from inside the joint cavity during a keyhole procedure.


Debridement and lavage

Lavage is generally combined with arthroscopic debridement, where fronds of joint material or degenerative tissue is sucked out using a small 'hoover' - ie. both washing (rinsing) and sucking. 'Arthroscopic' means that this is done using keyhole surgery, where a thin 'scope' is pushed into the joint (arthro=joint) to visualise the structures.


Articular cartilage repair

A short but sound overview of the issue of damage to the joint cartilage, and what can be done about it.

Which articular cartilage repair procedure?

Part 3 of an in-depth review on Articular Cartilage Repair by Karen Hambly PhD BSc MCSP (Sports Scientist/Physiotherapist).



Arthroscopic Lavage and Debridement for Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Medical Advisory Secretariat. Ont Health Technol Assess Ser. 2005; 5(12): 1–37.

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