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A knee arthroscopy is an innovative minimally-invasive procedure used to investigate and treat problems in the knee. An arthroscopy enables The London Clinic’s highly-skilled orthopaedic surgeons to inspect, diagnose, and treat many knee injuries and problems, including pain, knee locking, and giving way.

The London Clinic’s orthopaedic surgeons operate in state-of-the-art theatres, using the latest arthroscopic equipment and technology. They are assisted by an expert multidisciplinary team that will support your safe recovery and rehabilitation.

What is a knee arthroscopy?

An arthroscopy is a form of keyhole surgery. The surgeon inserts a fine telescope into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopy allows The London Clinic’s orthopaedic surgeons to closely examine the knee joint and treat damage and degeneration. 

The specialist surgeons can also perform surgical procedures through the arthroscope. They can reconstruct torn ligaments, remove any loose fragments of cartilage or bone, and repair or trim ripped or uneven meniscal cartilage. An arthroscopy offers many benefits over open knee operations, including smaller scars, quicker recovery, and fewer complications.

Who can benefit from a knee arthroscopy?

An arthroscopy is an effective, minimally-invasive way of investigating and treating knee pain and other problems, including:

  • Sporting injuries
  • Persistent knee pain, swelling or stiffness
  • Assessing joint damage in arthritis
  • Repairing and trimming areas of cartilage damage and degeneration
  • Treating ruptured ligaments including ACL reconstruction and repair
  • Removing loose fragments of bone and cartilage
  • Draining excess fluid

The consultant orthopaedic surgeons at The London Clinic can provide expert assessment, thorough investigation, and treatment to restore your movement, function, and quality if your knee is affecting your mobility or your ability to live a full and active life. 

Treatment options

The specialists can often diagnose knee problems using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. MRI provides a detailed image of the bone, the meniscus cartilage, and the ligaments in the knee joint. However, an arthroscopy may be essential to treat any underlying damage. 

Many knee problems can be improved without surgery. Losing any excess weight, specialist physiotherapy programmes, steroid injections, knee braces, and regular anti-inflammatory medication can help ease symptoms and help you get on with normal activities.

The London Clinic offers thorough assessment and investigation of your knee so that you can access the best treatment to resolve your symptoms.

Your knee arthroscopy consultation at The London Clinic

Our experienced surgeons will assess and advise you in The London Clinic’s comfortable and well-equipped consulting rooms. They will take a detailed medical history, examine your knee, and ask about the impact your symptoms have on your wellbeing and lifestyle.

Your consultant may arrange tests and investigations in the cutting-edge imaging suite. These may include:

  • Blood tests to exclude underlying conditions
  • MRI to get detailed information about the bones and soft tissues in your knee

In consultation with you, they will then plan your admission for an arthroscopy and advise you about any preparation needed. They will take the time to answer all your questions and address any concerns.

Knee arthroscopies at The London Clinic

The surgeons at The London Clinic perform knee arthroscopies under general anaesthetic. It is usually a day case procedure, so you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.

The orthopaedic consultant will make one or more small cuts in the skin over your knee. They will insert a narrow telescope attached to a digital camera into the joint. The camera sends high-quality images to a monitor. Your surgeon can examine the bone, cartilage, and ligaments in your knee and check for damage and abnormalities. 

The surgeon can also insert fine surgical tools into the joint and repair tears of the meniscal cartilages, cut away damaged tissue, and remove fragments of cartilage or bone that are loose in the joint. They can also repair or reconstruct torn and ruptured ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). 

Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions using fine sutures and apply dressings to cover and protect the wounds.

Recovery and aftercare

Following an arthroscopy, you will usually be able to go home on the day of your procedure. The London Clinic’s staff will provide support, advise you about your recovery, and arrange follow-up to assess your progress. 

Your knee will be swollen, sore, and a little stiff for a few weeks. Walking can be painful, but applying icepacks and taking regular over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve any discomfort.

Take a few days to rest and recover. The rehabilitation team will give you a programme of exercises to help you regain strength, fitness, and mobility. Initially, straight leg raises, and ankle mobilisations can help reduce swelling and maintain strength in your muscles. Later you can increase movement, but it can take 2-6 weeks to return to normal activities fully.

The London Clinic team will always be on hand if you have any problems or worries.

Frequently asked questions

Is a knee arthroscopy safe?

There are risks with any surgical procedure. The London Clinic is dedicated to reducing complications and helping your recovery. Problems with pain, bleeding, scarring, and infection can happen after any operation. Specific issues with an arthroscopy are very uncommon but include recurrence of symptoms and injury to nerves in the knee. 

Speak to your surgeon if you have any concerns. They will always take time to discuss the pros and cons of the procedure and answer any questions. 

Can I have a bath after surgery?

You should keep the wound dry for at least four days. After that, it's safe to shower. However, you shouldn’t submerge your leg in a bath or swimming pool until the wound has healed. This helps reduce the risk of infection. The London Clinic team will provide personal advice and guidance on aftercare following your procedure.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £3,140.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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