Knee arthroscopy allows your surgeon to look inside your knee using a tiny camera called an arthroscope inserted through small cuts in your knee skin.
What is a knee arthroscopy?
If you have knee pain or restricted movement a knee arthroscopy may be recommended to find out what is causing it and perform treatment if required.
Knee arthroscopy is keyhole surgery usually performed under general anaesthetic as a day case procedure.
During knee arthroscopy your surgeon will make small incisions in your knee area and pass a thin tube with a camera and light source at one end, known as an arthroscope, into your knee joint. Your surgeon will use the images generated to diagnose your knee pain and if treatment is required they may perform this at the same time by passing tiny instruments down the arthroscope.
Your surgeon may use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat many knee problems. These include: washing out and removing loose bone and cartilage fragments, reconstructing torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL/PCL repair), trimming, removing or repairing a torn meniscus, removing swollen synovial tissue, treating a displaced patella (kneecap), taking a biopsy from your joint lining to help diagnose an inflamed knee and, cutting small holes in your bone to stimulate new cartilage growth if damaged.
What are the benefits of a knee arthroscopy?
The benefits of a knee arthroscopy are that it allows your surgeon to diagnose and treat your knee condition at the same time.
It is keyhole surgery offering minimally invasive surgery benefits including less pain, reduced hospital stays and a quicker recovery time compared to open surgery.
How soon will I recover after a knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is usually a day case procedure so you can go home the same day.
In the first week your knee may be swollen. It is best to keep it elevated and apply ice. You may be given short-term pain relief medications.
You may need a walking aid such as crutches to start with after a knee arthroscopy. Listen to your surgeon regarding weight bearing and exercise. Physiotherapy may be recommended to help with leg and knee movement and muscle strength.
Patients typically return to their normal activities within two to three weeks.
You should be able to get back to most physical activities six to eight weeks after your arthroscopy, unless you have had a ligament reconstruction.
Your recovery will depend on the type of damage in your knee that has been treated.
How long does a knee arthroscopy last?
A diagnostic knee arthroscopy typically lasts 45 minutes. If treatment is required your knee arthroscopy will take longer and will depend on your knee problem and the treatment required. For example, an ACL repair can take one to three hours.
What is the cost of knee arthroscopy?
A knee arthroscopy at Clifton Park Hospital will cost £2950. This guide package price includes: physiotherapy and outpatient care for up to 60 days after discharge and one follow-up consultation. It excludes an MRI, a pre-operation diagnostic test required for about one in five patients. The package price may vary based on the exact need for your knee arthroscopy.
We offer finance options including: All-Inclusive TotalCare with a one-off payment at a pre-agreed price for direct access to all your treatment needs. We also offer easy to arrange finance loans to help you access treatment without waiting by spreading the cost with fixed, affordable monthly payments.
If you have medical insurance, your knee arthroscopy may be covered by your policy. You should get written confirmation from your insurance provider prior to your knee arthroscopy.
Knee Arthroscopy with Clifton Park Hospital
As a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics, you can rest assured that you will receive excellent orthopaedic care and support at Clifton Park Hospital.
We offer rapid access to convenient appointments with our highly qualified and well-regarded knee surgeons who will offer knee arthroscopy without waiting if required.
Our goal is to relieve your knee pain and mobility issues so that you can enjoy a better quality of life.
Clifton Park Hospital is a modern facility offering five consulting rooms and a dedicated day unit to perform a knee arthroscopy to diagnose and treat your knee problems.
Contact us to book an appointment.