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.



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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