Removal of Loose Bodies
Most loose bodies can be removed arthroscopically via keyhole incisions. The arthroscope is used to localise the loose body and the fragment is then gripped with an arthroscopic tool. It can then be pulled out through the keyhole incision. If the piece is too large, then either the hole is made bigger to retrieve the fragment, or the fragment can be “chewed” into smaller pieces and removed piecemeal.