If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth an entire textbook.
Arthroscopy has always been focused on its roots—providing practical, clinically relevant peer-reviewed information for the practicing arthroscopist. As the journal has grown, more articles have focused on higher-level research, including randomized trials, meta-analyses, and controlled studies. However, as Editors of Arthroscopy, we want to make sure to still provide our readers with instructional Technical Notes and cutting-edge “pearls” that are clinically focused but peer-reviewed. In the digital age, written text alone does not equal the educational value of a multimedia presentation, hence the birth of Arthroscopy Techniques, Arthroscopy's online video companion.
When Arthroscopy Techniques (also known as “A-Tech”) first began in 2012, our library of articles with videos was limited. What we lacked in numbers, we made up for in quality. Each video was peer reviewed and available to the public, not just journal subscribers. The videos were then, and remain, succinct and direct: They are no longer than 4.5 minutes, and each includes a voiceover of the authors describing each step in the technique. Each video is also supplemented with a written description of the technique and figures illustrating vital information. This format results in very high-quality Technical Notes with videos, and we believe this format provides maximum educational value. Five years and 700 videos later, our library is now filled with a first-rate, robust collection of arthroscopic educational videos. Combined with our user-friendly website, we offer an educational resource not to be overlooked!
Our library also includes articles with different levels of complexity for surgeons with varying levels of experience. Some of the videos delve into the most complex surgical procedures discussed in Arthroscopy
, such as superior capsular reconstruction in the shoulder
- Mihata T.
- Lee T.Q.
- Watanabe C.
- et al.
Clinical results of arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction for irreparable rotator cuff tears.
- Mihata T.
- McGarry M.H.
- Kahn T.
- Goldberg I.
- Neo M.
- Lee T.Q.
Biomechanical role of capsular continuity in superior capsule reconstruction for irreparable tears of the supraspinatus tendon.
- Petri M.
- Greenspoon J.A.
- Millett P.J.
Arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction for irreparable rotator cuff tears.
Superior capsule reconstruction technique using an acellular dermal allograft.
and arthroscopic capsular reconstruction in the hip,
- Cvetanovich G.L.
- Harris J.D.
- Erickson B.J.
- Bach Jr., B.R.
- Bush-Joseph C.A.
- Nho S.J.
Revision hip arthroscopy: A systematic review of diagnoses, operative findings, and outcomes.
- Gupta A.
- Suarez-Ahedo C.
- Redmond J.M.
- et al.
Best practices during hip arthroscopy: Aggregate recommendations of high-volume surgeons.
Capsular management in hip arthroscopy.
- Chahla J.
- Dean C.S.
- Soares E.
- Mook W.R.
- Philippon M.J.
Hip capsular reconstruction using dermal allograft.
- Mei-Dan O.
- Garabekyan T.
- McConkey M.
- Pascual-Garrido C.
Arthroscopic anterior capsular reconstruction of the hip for recurrent instability.
whereas other videos explore the basics of arthroscopy, including patient positioning and diagnostic findings in specific joints.
We call your attention to a new series, published this month, exploring elbow arthroscopy. The authors of this series have paid specific attention to describing various elbow portals, patient positioning, and the tricks, tips, and pearls of elbow arthroscopy known only to the masters.
Camp CL, Degen RM, Sanchez-Sotelo J, Altchek DW, Dines JS.Basics of elbowarthroscopy part I: Surface anatomy, portals, and structures at risk [published online November 28, 2016]. Arthrosc Tech. doi:10.1016/j.eats.2016.08.019.
Camp CL, Degen RM, Dines JS, Sanchez-Sotelo J, Altchek DW. Basics of elbow arthroscopy part II: Positioning and diagnostic arthroscopy in the supine position [published online November 28, 2016]. Arthrosc Tech. doi:10.1016/j.eats.2016.08.020.
Camp CL, Degen RM, Dines JS, Altchek DW, Sanchez- Sotelo J. Basics of elbow arthroscopy part III: Positioning and diagnostic arthroscopy in the lateral decubitus position [published online November 28, 2016]. Arthrosc Tech. doi:10.1016/j.eats.2016.08.022.
If you have been on the A-Tech website, you know what a remarkable resource it represents for reviewing cutting-edge surgical technique videos. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? The future of arthroscopy is online today at www.ArthroscopyTechniques.org
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