Arthroscopic surgery is an advanced orthopedic surgery that uses an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a thin viewing instrument that guides the orthopedic surgeon during surgery. By using an arthroscope, a surgeon does not need to open a joint to view inside of it. Arthroscopy is used to help diagnose conditions and slender instruments are inserted through the arthroscope to perform surgery. Because only tiny incisions are used, arthroscopic surgery is associated with less pain, less bleeding and swelling, and a faster recovery time than traditional open joint surgery.