Knee arthroscopy

Commonly referred to as “keyhole” surgery, an arthroscope, which is a bit like a thin telescope is inserted, through small cuts in the skin, into the knee joint. Attached to this is a camera, which allows images to be displayed on the screen for the surgeon to be able to inspect the knee joint as well as carry out procedures. Pictures can be recorded to keep a record of the findings during the procedure and the end result of surgery.

Many procedures can be carried out during an arthroscopy from simple trimming of meniscal tears to reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.

Most arthroscopic procedures can be carried out as a daycase, which means you can come in and go home on the same day. Occasionally, due to medical reasons you may not be suitable for daycase surgery, in which case an overnight stay to monitor you after surgery may be necessary.

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