If you are living with pain in your knee, your consultant may recommend a knee arthroscopy to investigate or treat issues within the joint. 

What is a knee arthroscopy?

An arthroscopy (also known as keyhole knee surgery) allows your surgeon to see inside your knee by using a thin tube with a camera that is inserted through small incisions in your skin, without the need to fully open the joint.

The consultant should also be able to treat some problems using surgical instruments during the same procedure, such as repairing or removing torn tissue and treating arthritic conditions.

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What does a knee arthroscopy involve?

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

Your surgeon will usually make about two to four small incisions around the knee joint. They will place a thin telescope (camera) through one of the incisions so they can examine the joint in detail and place surgical instruments through others if they need to treat any problems with the joint.

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How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day. Walking can be uncomfortable and you may need to take painkillers to help relieve your pain. It is also common for your knee to be a little swollen for a few weeks.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible, please ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice before you start exercising.

Are there any alternatives to a knee arthroscopy?

  • Problems inside a joint can often be diagnosed using tests such as CT and MRI scans. However, you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.
  • Physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can sometimes prevent or delay the need for an arthroscopy.

What complications can happen?

As with any procedure, there can be risks associated with surgical procedures and general anaesthetic. General side effects such as pain, bleeding or difficulty passing urine are most often temporary and should ease over time. However, should any unexpected or longer term side effects arise, please do not hesitate to contact the Horder Healthcare team to help correct them.

General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Difficulty passing urine

Specific complications

  • Damage to nerves around the knee
  • Developing a lump under the wound
  • Infection in the knee joint
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the knee (complex regional pain syndrome)
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Self-paying patients at Horder Healthcare are now able to take out loans that cover all fees, including the consultant, anaesthetist and hospital fees. The loan products include interest-free options, with repayment periods of 6, 10 or 12 months, and interest-bearing loans repayable over 24, 36, 48 and 60 months, currently with an APR of 12.9%. Subject to approval.

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Guide price for self pay patients

Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

  Estimated Cost *
Initial Consultation from £220
Diagnostics from £85
 Treatment £2,875

Estimated total cost £3,180
Estimated length of stay Day Case

* The guide price is correct as of 14th April 2021

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Price is inclusive of the initial consultation, X-ray diagnostics if needed (MRI not included), surgery, inpatient physiotherapy when applicable and follow up consultation. Our private patients also receive continuity of care up to and including 120 days following your surgery.

The guide price is based on the usual clinical needs of patients. The price you pay might be different depending on your medical history and the type of implant you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you. Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment.

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