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Knee Arthroscopy

This is a ‘keyhole’ examination of a joint, Arthro means joint and the scope is a small tube measuring 5mm which is inserted into the joint; it has an attached camera and light source. The scope and a small probe are introduced via small incisions called “portals”. A comprehensive examination of the internal structures of the joint can be viewed on screen and recorded.

Originally, arthroscopy was used purely for diagnosis but now it is possible for extensive surgery, using a variety of instruments, to be performed through the portals. Recovery is usually much more rapid than that following “open” surgery but you must remember that recovery time is still dependant on the type of procedure performed.

Various problems can be dealt with arthroscopically and, in many cases, more than one procedure may be necessary.

Common treatments with knee arthroscopy include:


Prior to your Operation

Mr Emms will explain the problem you have, how he will try to correct it, and he will answer any queries you have.

You will require physiotherapy after your operation, this is usually arranged at the hospital.

Many minor arthroscopic procedures are now carried out on a ‘day case’ basis – this means that you would have your operation and be able to go home later that day – usually late afternoon or early evening, after you have seen the physiotherapist.

You may be advised to stay in hospital for one night after your operation, this will depend on the extent of your surgery, and the time of day when the surgery was performed.


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