Knee Arthroscopy

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Arthroscopic knee surgery is a frequently performed procedure for diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving problems of the joint surface (true cartilage), menisci, and ligaments within the knee. The most common reasons that I carry out this procedure is for meniscal tears, cartilage clean ups, and for the assessment of the knee for more complex procedures such as osteotomies, and joint replacement.

Results of arthroscopic surgery are dependent on what is found within the knee, although most patients will be back at work after 2 weeks.
Complications are rare, and include infection in about 1 in 500, thrombosis about 1 in 1000. It is normal to have pain and swelling around the incisions, which can take up to 3 months to settle. Occasionally an area of numbness on the outside aspect of the knee is experienced. This usually resolves within 3 months, but in very rare cases may persist.

Initial appointment

When we have agreed that you are suitable for knee arthroscopy you will be provided with printed information. Further information can be found on this website. I will consent you for the procedure and in most instances be able to give you the date of your surgery. Investigations will be arranged as necessary and may include:

adequate up-to-date Xrays of the knee. MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis. I may also ask for a chest Xray, which may be required by the anaesthetist.

Blood tests:
routine blood tests include a blood count to exclude anaemia and that you have adequate platelets; and electrolytes. Further blood tests may be requested depending on the presence of other medical problems.

a tracing of the heart may be done for anaesthetic safety. Further cardiology tests may be required if you have any pre-existing heart conditions.


The anaesthetists I work with are usually Drs Harper, Thompson, White and Crossley.  They will contact you by phone before the surgery, to discuss the anaesthetic. Sometimes they will arrange to see you if necessary. Occasionally, we will arrange for you to see another specialist in order to optimize your medical condition before the surgery.

Thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE)

Thrombosis is an abnormal formation of solid blood constituents within the veins. This can move into the lung where it is called a pulmonary embolus. DVT or PE are very rare after arthroscopy as you are immediately mobile, and the surgery is very short. Prevention of these conditions is controversial, but I assess all my patients for risk of DVT/PE.

The day of surgery

You will normally be admitted through the day case unit, where the nurses will prepare you for surgery. You will need to have not eaten food for 6 hours before surgery and not drank water for more than 2 hours before surgery.

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