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Knee Surgery

Knee Arthroscopy

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What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee Arthroscopy is keyhole knee surgery that allows Mr Webb to see inside your knee joint using a camera inserted through small skin incisions around your knee.

It can diagnose and treat a wide range of knee injuries and problems that cause pain, swelling, stiffness, restricted movement and, impact on your everyday tasks, sleep and quality of life and, are not responding to non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy, medication and injections.

During Knee Arthroscopy, Mr Webb inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and Mr Webb uses these images to examine and diagnose your knee condition.

Once your surgeon has diagnosed the problem, either from an MRI scan, or from the arthroscopy, he may decide to treat your knee during the same procedure by guiding miniature surgical instruments to repair or remove damaged tissue.

Knee Arthroscopy is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic as a day case procedure, typically taking between thirty minutes to an hour in total.


What can Knee Arthroscopy be used for?
Knee arthroscopy can diagnose or treat knee injuries including:

• Remove or repair torn knee meniscus (cartilage between bones in your knees)
• Wash out and remove loose fragments of knee cartilage or bone resulting from wear and tear that get caught in your knee joint.
• Reconstruct torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments.


What will Arthroscopy not work for?
Knee Arthroscopy is not a beneficial treatment for knee arthritis. Multiple studies have shown that an arthroscopic “wash out”of an arthritic knee offers no long term benefits.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery

Frequently asked questions

  • How long has the Mako Robot Assisted Surgery procedure been available?
    The first Mako Partial Knee procedure was performed in June of 2006 and the first Mako Total knee procedure was performed in June of 2016.
  • Does the Mako Robotic Arm actually preform the surgery?
    No, surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who uses the surgeon-controlled robotic-arm system to pre-plan the surgery and to position the implant. The robotic arm does not perform the surgery nor can it make decisions on its own or move in any way without the surgeon guiding it. The Mako System also allows the surgeon to make adjustments to the patient’s plan during surgery as needed.
  • Can any surgeon undertake Mako Robotic Assisted Surgery?
    No, this is a specialised technique that requires any surgeon using it to be fully trained and certified by MAKO before they can undertake any surgery. Mr Webb is fully certified
  • Am I suitable as a patient to recieve Mako Robotic Arm surgery?
    If it is agreed between you and your surgeon that you are a candidate for hip or knee replacement then yes, you are almost certainly a candidate for robot arm assisted surgery. It is important to discuss fully with your surgeon the potential risks and benefits of any surgery however.
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