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Knee arthroscopy

Arthroscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, involves inserting a camera through small incisions in the skin. This allows your surgeon to see inside your knee and diagnose common problems, including a torn cartilage, arthritis or ligament damage. They may also be able to treat the problem at the same time.

Treatment

During the procedure, which uses one of several anaesthetic techniques and usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes, your surgeon will take a close look inside your knee. As well as washing out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces, they can usually trim or repair a torn cartilage without making a larger cut.

Recovery

You will normally be able to go home on the same day, although your knee may be a little swollen for a few weeks and walking can be uncomfortable. Most people will make a good recovery and can quickly return to normal activities, however, always ask your consultant for advice before you begin exercising.

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EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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