Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to treat problems within the knee joint including torn meniscus, articular cartilage surface damage, trimming of the fat pad or removal of prominent plicae (bands of tissue within the knee).
Surgery is done as a day case procedure usually under general anaesthetic. Once asleep, Mr. Asopa will make 2 small cuts on the front of the knee and then carry out the procedure using special instruments. The procedure takes between 15-30 minutes. Afterwards, you will have dressing and a bandage on the knee. Once recovered safely, you will be discharged from hospital.
You will experience some pain following surgery. Please use the pain killers provided only if you need to. Normal activities can be resumed by 6 weeks.
Risks of surgery
These include infection, blood clots (DVT/PE), and on-going stiffness and failure to improve. It is also possible that you may require further surgery in the future.