Because the incisions are so small, arthroscopy typically does cause noticeable scars. After clearance by your surgeon, keep this area covered and away from the sun. Some physicians recommend wearing sunscreen on the joint 6 months to 1 year after the surgery. People with darker complexions are especially prone to hyperpigmentation and scarring.
About the Author: Paul Morton, MD
Dr. Paul Norio Morton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that practices on Oahu and the Big Island. He treats a broad range of orthopedic conditions including arthritis, sports injuries, hip and knee replacements, trauma, and robotic joint arthroplasty. He believes in treating his patients with a holistic approach – incorporating patient’s desires and expectations into the treatment of their musculoskeletal problems.