Knee Arthroscopy Surgery
(Key hole knee surgery)
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ARTHROSCOPY?
Arthroscopy offers some advantages over traditional open surgery:
High-definition images of your joint
Small surgical instruments can be accurately inserted
Less pain after the operation
Faster recovery time
Lower risk of infection
Most patients can go home the same day
You may be able to return to daily activity more quickly
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM ARTHROSCOPY?
You might need an arthroscopy if you have persistent joint pain, catching, swelling or stiffness. An arthroscopy may be used to examine the degree of joint damage caused by injury, such as a sports injury or from conditions that can cause joint damage, such as osteoarthritis.
The operation can
be used to treat joint problems and conditions:
Removing fragments of loose bone or cartilage.
Draining away fluid
Treating arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome
An arthroscopy usually takes around an hour to perform depending on what needs to be done.
You will usually have a general anaesthetic, but it is possible for an arthroscopy to be done under local anaesthetic while you’re awake. This means you’ll be able to go home straight afterwards. If you’re going under a general anaesthetic, you’ll need to stop drinking and eating at least six hours prior to the procedure.
During the operation, your orthopaedic surgeon will make small incisions around the affected joint. Sterile fluid will then be pumped into the joint so that the camera can collect a clearer picture.
Then the arthroscope will be inserted into the incisions and the injury will be examined by looking at the images that are sent to the monitor attached to the arthroscope.
If your surgeon is repairing a joint, he or she will insert small instruments through a small separate incision.
Recovery time depends on the injured joint and the specific operation. Patients usually return to light, physical activities within a few weeks, but more strenuous activities such as lifting and sport may be delayed for several months.
Our dedicated physiotherapy team will help you get back on your feet using The ICE Ortho Clinic’s exclusive patient rapid recovery pathway,
An arthroscopy is widely considered to be a safe procedure, though it does carry some risks. It’s normal to experience temporary problems such as swelling, bruising, stiffness and discomfort after an arthroscopy. Your surgeon will discuss with you the possible risks.