A knee arthroscopy is a very common procedure which is done through keyhole surgery involving two small cuts, less than 1cm long. A telescope with a camera attached to the end of it is inserted into the knee joint and this is able to view all of the damage in the knee joint and allow the surgeon to fix the problem.
The usual problems are torn menisci, or cartilages, loose bits of bone floating around inside the knee and damage to the smooth surfaces of the bone called the articular surfaces, and torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
How long will you be in hospital?
This procedure is usually done as day surgery and so you would only be in hospital for about four to five hours before being discharged home.
Does a knee arthroscopy hurt?
Generally there is very little pain following the knee arthroscopy as it is done through keyhole surgery. Usually it requires simple analgesia and also icing and resting the knee in the first three or four days helps as well.
You will be given exercise to regain leg muscle strength by a physiotherapist.
Usually you have made a very good recovery by one week and can often return to desk type work duties at anywhere between seven and 14 days.