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Debridement may be performed via the arthroscope or via open surgery using a resector or forceps, or with a modern radiofrequency 'wand'.
Part 3 of an in-depth review on Articular Cartilage Repair by Karen Hambly PhD BSc MCSP (Sports Scientist/Physiotherapist).
An 'interpretation' of a publication from 1999 describing how these surgeons managed knees that were severely locked up with arthrofibrotic scarring.
Arthroscopic Debridement of the Knee: An Evidence Update. Ont Health Technol Assess Ser. 2014; 14(13): 1–43.