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How is arthroscopy used to treat temporomandibular disorders (TMD)?

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Arthroscopy is surgery done with an arthroscope. This special tool has a lens and a light on it. It lets your doctor see inside your joint. You’ll get general anesthesia, then the doctor will make a small cut in front of your ear and insert the tool. It’ll be hooked up to a video screen, so he can examine your joint and the area around it. He may remove inflamed tissue or realign the disc or joint. This minimally invasive procedure leaves a smaller scar, has fewer complications, and requires a shorter recovery time than a major operation.

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American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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