Knee Arthroscopy

This surgery aims to investigate the joint surface, ligaments and the cartilage inside your knee joint, using a small camera called an arthroscope.

Do you need surgery?

This surgery is recommended if you have signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus, cartilage damage, loose bodies or cysts, instability, patello-femoral disorders or a joint infection. Mechanical symptoms (clicking, catching, locking and giving way) are most amenable to surgery. In most cases, the aim is to treat the problem. Your surgeon can help you decide when and whether surgery is a good option.

What happens during surgery?

Two small arthroscopic incisions are made on each side of your knee. Your surgeon will use a small camera to assess the structures of your knee and views this on a screen. Defects are treated where possible, the joint is drained of excess fluid and your skin is closed with sutures.

What could go wrong?

Complications are very uncommon with this minor surgical procedure. They include infection, bleeding, blood clots in the legs or lungs, and the risks of having an anaesthetic. It is important to discuss risks and voice any concerns you may have with your surgeon before having surgery.

Participating in your rehabilitation

It is important to get your knee moving with a simple exercise program you can perform once you are at home. Most patients go home on the same day as the operation. You should rest up and keep your leg elevated for a few hours, morning and afternoon, on the initial few days to help control swelling and pain. You can also use an ice pack and take mild pain medication if you have any discomfort.

Benefits you can expect

Some people require the support of crutches for a few days then resume their usual daily activities. This surgery aims to rectify your symptoms.