ARTHROSCOPY OF THE KNEE
Arthroscopy of the knee is a frequently performed procedure for diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving problems of the joint surface (true cartilage), menisci, and ligaments within the knee. The commonest reasons that I carry out this procedure is for meniscal tears, cartilage clean ups, and for the assessment of the knee for more complex procedures such as osteotomies, and joint replacement.
Results of this surgery are dependent on what is found within the knee, although most patients will be back at work after 2 weeks.
Complications are rare, and include infection in about 1 in 500, thrombosis about 1 in 1000. It is normal to have pain and swelling around the incisions, which can take up to 3 months to settle. Occasionally an area of numbness on the outside aspect of the knee is experienced. This usually resolves within 3 months, but in very rare cases may persist.