Knee arthroscopy, sometimes referred to as “keyhole knee surgery”, is now a common procedure for many internal derangements of the knee.
The most common reason for undergoing a knee arthroscopy is a symptomatic torn meniscus (knee cartilage). The symptoms can include locking, pain or swelling.
The diagnosis of a torn meniscus is made after examining the patient together with the results of imaging studies, such as a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scan.
As always, the decision that a knee arthroscopy is the best option is only made after a consultation. Each consultation will involve an assessment of your individual circumstances. Thankfully not every injury requires surgery and some may respond to non-surgical treatments.
Knee arthroscopy is performed in the operating theatre as a day surgery procedure under a general anaesthetic. Depending on the patient’s circumstance, the meniscus can either be repaired or have the torn fragment trimmed back to a stable margin. In most cases you can weight bear immediately post-operatively.
It is important that patients feel confident of making a fully informed decision to undergo a Knee Arthroscopy. The risks, benefits, and expectations of surgery are discussed at length during the consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and not to be taken as specific advice. Please contact Dr Kiyork's rooms about whether a Knee Arthroscopy is appropriate for your individual situation.