An arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) allows your surgeon to see inside your knee using a camera inserted through small cuts on your skin. Your surgeon can diagnose problems such as a torn cartilage, ligament damage and arthritis (see figure 1).
The aim is to confirm exactly what the problem is and for many people the problem can be treated at the same time.
Problems inside your knee can often be diagnosed using a magnetic scan (MRI scan) but you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.
Physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can sometimes prevent or delay the need for an arthroscopy.
Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.
Your surgeon will examine the inside of your knee. They will wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces. It is usually possible for your surgeon to trim or repair a torn cartilage without needing to make a larger cut.
You should be able to go home the same day.
It is common for your knee to be a little swollen for a few weeks. Walking can be uncomfortable.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Most people make a good recovery and can return to normal activities. Your surgeon will be able to tell you if you are likely to get further problems with your knee.
Author: Mr Stephen Milner DM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
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Private Knee - Arthroscopy (Diagnostic) treatment prices.
|Option||In London||Outside London||Under 16's|
|Knee Arthroscopy as Sole Procedure||£3680.00||n/a||n/a|
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