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Knee Arthroscopy

This page will provide you with information about having a knee arthroscopy. For further details, please speak to your consultant.

What is a knee arthroscopy?

Also called keyhole surgery, an arthroscopy allows a surgeon to examine your knee by using a camera inside a metal tube (called an arthroscope), inserted through a small incision in the skin. Surgeons can also pass surgical instruments through the arthroscope in order to treat any conditions.

The operation usually takes between half an hour and three-quarters of an hour, in most cases under a general anaesthetic.


Figure 1
Internal structure of the right knee
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Why would you need an arthroscopy?

Although problems can be diagnosed with an MRI scan, an arthroscopy may be needed in order to treat the problem. The procedure can be used to diagnose and treat joint pains and stiffness, or the joint ‘popping’ out of position. It can also be used to assess joint damage resulting from injury.

What are the benefits of arthroscopy?

As surgeons only need to make small cuts into the skin, the procedure can be less painful than open surgery, with less chance of infection and a faster healing time. In most cases, patients can go home the same day as the operation.

Risks and complications

Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.

Recovery

It is common for the knee to be swollen for a few weeks after the arthroscopy, making walking uncomfortable. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

 

References: 

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The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

 

Knee Arthroscopy Consultants

Mr Bobby Anand
Consultant in Orthopaedics and Sports Injury (Knee Specialist)
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Mr Anand specialises exclusively in knee surgery and offers specialist care in all aspects of…

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Mr Jonathan Bell
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (Knee Specialist)
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Mr Jonathan Bell is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at Wimbledon Clinics. His areas of…

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Mr Simon Bridle
Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon
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Mr Bridle specialises in hip and knee replacement surgery. As well as performing a large number…

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Mr Adrian Fairbank
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Knee Specialist
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Mr Adrian Fairbank is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and knee specialist at Wimbledon Clinics with over…

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Mr Paul Gillespie
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Hip and knee surgery, including joint replacement surgery.

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Mr Martin Goddard
Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon
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A specialist knee surgeon who is an expert in the management of acute and chronic knee…

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Mr Hugo Guthrie
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist Knee Surgeon
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Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Revision ACL…

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Mr Giles Heilpern
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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I am fellowship trained in all aspects of arthroscopic and open knee and shoulder surgery…

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Mr Philip Mitchell
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Hip and knee replacement, revision hip and knee replacement and knee arthroscopy.

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Mr Nick Morgan
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Knee Specialist
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Mr Nick Morgan is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon here at Wimbledon Clinics and is…

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Mr Mark Proctor
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Shoulder & upper limb surgery and arthroscopic knee surgery.

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Mr Omar Sabri
Consultant Surgeon in Trauma
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Trauma surgery (upper and lower limbs), hip and pelvis reconstruction, hip arthroplasty, knee…

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Mr Oliver Templeton-Ward
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Knee Specialist
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Mr Oliver Templeton-Ward is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon offering expertise in…

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