Arthroscopic Procedures: Q&A with Mr Simon Moyes, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Highgate Private Hospital - Highgate Private Hospital

Arthroscopic Procedures: Q&A with Mr Simon Moyes, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Highgate Private Hospital

Mr Simon Moyes is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Highgate Private Hospital specialising in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, foot, ankle and knee. He was one of the first to introduce arthroscopic/keyhole surgery to the foot and ankle into the UK and has a particular interest in developing cartilage regeneration and repair techniques.

Mr Moyes is available for patient appointments on Monday mornings every week at Highgate Private Hospital. To book an appointment please call 020 8341 4182 or email


Q: What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy – otherwise known as keyhole surgery – is a treatment, which is used to look inside almost any joint and treat injuries or problems within it. Arthroscopic techniques are highly sophisticated and minimally invasive so that patients spend less time in hospital and are more likely to have a quick recovery. An arthroscope is a fibre optic tube which is inserted into the relevant joint to allow the treating doctor performing the surgery to visual the interior of that joint. I have been using this technique as a consultant since 1994.

Q: What is Arthroscopy used for?

The technique is used for the treatment of a range of intra articular problems within joints, from injuries to degenerative conditions to inflammatory conditions. The most common joints are the knee, hip, ankle and shoulder but small joints too can be accessed including the elbow and wrist.

Arthroscopy is ideal for many orthopaedic procedures in joints, such as removing torn cartilage, ligament and tendon reconstruction and smoothing out bone defects. Due to the nature of the surgery – since the joint does not have to be opened fully – there is less risk of infection, healing can be quicker, scarring is minimal and there is less trauma to the connective tissue in the joint.

Q: How quickly will I recover from arthroscopic surgery?

The overwhelming majority of arthroscopic procedures are performed as day cases. The post operative regime will depend on how complex the surgery has been but for most routine knee arthroscopies such as removal of loose bodies and trimming of torn cartilages, no splints or crutches are required. I normally advise patients to rest and ice the knee for 48 hours returning to most activities within 72 hours.

For more extensive operations such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, braces and crutches may be required and longer periods off from work. For most routine shoulder arthroscopies such as Subacromial decompressions and ACJ arthroplasties, patients can mobilise their arms almost immediately and they are back at work within two or three days, but for more complex procedures such as shoulder stabilisations, cuff repairs, slings are normally required for four weeks followed by an out-patient physiotherapy programme.


A private consultation with Mr Moyes at Highgate Private Hospital costs £260 if you don't have health insurance.  To book an appointment, call us now on 020 8341 4182 or email

You can also see one of our Private GPs if you prefer, with whom appointments can be booked through the same team.


Copyright Mr Simon Moyes, 2016

Date: 24/05/2016
By: technical