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

What are the benefits of the knee arthroscopy surgery?

Knee Arthroscopy requires only a couple of small incisions rather than completely opening up your knee to perform the surgery.

How soon will I recover after the knee arthroscopy surgery?

Knee arthroscopy surgery is a day case procedure so you should be able to go home the same day. Before you go home, a physiotherapist will talk you though some exercises to get your joint moving and, recommend exercises to aid healing and your recovery. Your knee will most likely be swollen for at least a week and walking may be uncomfortable. Your Knee Arthroscopy recovery time will be dependent upon your specific procedure and varies by patient. Mr Webb will discuss with you how long it’s likely to take to recover and give you instructions on what activities to avoid, such as lifting and sport, until you are fully recovered.

What complications can happen after the knee arthroscopy surgery?

The complication rate for knee arthroscopy surgery is very low. If complications do occur, they are usually minor and treated easily. Complications following Knee Arthroscopy can include, but are not limited to: infection at your knee joint, severe knee pain and stiffness, accidental damage to the nerves around your knee joint, blood clots and accumulation of blood in your knee.