Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

The procedure is performed to repair tissues within the knee joint, such as cartilage and ligament. It is carried out by making small incisions into which the instruments are inserted. The arthroscope is a telescope which is attached to a monitor, so the surgeon can see directly inside. The operation can be performed under either local or general aesthetic. The length of the procedure and rehabilitation will depend on the purpose of the operation.

This type of operation, also known as arthroplasty, is quite common. Reasons why it may be carried out include repairing a cartilage tear, reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament and treating knee cap disorders. In some cases, the operation is carried out prior to a joint replacement.

Although there are complications associated with this type of operation, the risks are considered to be very small.

After the operation

After the operation, the patient will normally be given medication for the knee pain. They will also be shown exercises to aid recovery, which will need to be continued after they have been discharged. Depending on the type of operation, they may need to walk with a brace or crutches for a while. A follow up appointment will be required to monitor the progress, as well as removing any stitches.

More information

If you want to find out more about the operation, there are plenty of medical sites which explain the procedure. There are also online communities where you can discuss the operation. You may find it useful to have a discussion with others who have had the operation, as they may be able to provide advice on how to recover quickly. If you are having the operation, your surgeon should explain the procedure fully, but you may also find the support of an online community beneficial.

To summarize:
  • The operation is performed with an arthroscope, which is a small telescope.
  • This type of operation is common.
  • The time taken for rehabilitation will depend on the particular procedure.