Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery in Bristol and Johnson City, TN

Minimally invasive surgery for joint damage in Bristol and Johnson City

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is one of the most common procedures performed in orthopaedic offices across the country. An orthopaedic surgeon performs arthroscopy to examine, diagnose, and treat joint injuries in a single procedure. It is often used to repair soft tissue damage, such as a torn ligament or tendon inside the shoulder, knee, or ankle. 

Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates is proud to be a leader in arthroscopic surgery in northeast TN / southwest VA.

How It Works

Two or three tiny incisions are made, and a small camera and surgical tools are inserted through the incisions. The camera allows the surgeon to see inside the joint, eliminating the need for a large incision. The surgeon can use the surgical instruments to repair the damage with amazing delicacy. The incisions are so small, they generally do not require stitches to close.

Visit our patient education center to learn more about shoulder arthroscopy and knee arthroscopy.


Arthroscopic surgery has many advantages over traditional (open) surgery, such as:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scar tissue
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Less pain for the patient

Talk to an Expert

Dr. Bart McKinney is fellowship trained in arthroscopy, and all of our orthopaedic surgeons have years of experience performing the procedure, as well. To find out if you are a candidate for arthroscopy, request an appointment online in Johnson City or Bristol, Tennessee or call Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates.