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Knee arthroscopy

arthroscopy of the kneeWhat is an arthroscopy of the knee?

An arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) allows your surgeon to see inside your knee using a camera inserted through small cuts on your skin. Your surgeon can diagnose problems such as a torn cartilage, ligament damage and arthritis (see figure 1), without the need for a large cut on your skin. 

What are the benefits of surgery?

The aim is to confirm exactly what the problem is and for many people the problem can be treated at the same time. An arthroscopy allows your surgeon to diagnose and treat some common problems affecting your knee, without the need for a large cut on your skin. This may reduce the amount of pain you feel and speed up your recovery.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

  • Problems inside your knee can often be diagnosed using a magnetic scan (MRI scan) but 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 does the operation involve?

The operation usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Various anaesthetic techniques are possible.

Your surgeon will examine the inside of your knee for damage to the cartilages, joint surfaces and ligaments while you are under anaesthetic and your muscles are completely relaxed. They will wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces. It is usually possible for your surgeon to trim or repair a torn cartilage without needing to make a larger cut.

What complications can happen?

Complications of anaesthesia

Your anaesthetist will be able to discuss with you the possible complications of having an anaesthetic.

General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly 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)

How soon will I recover?

  • You should be able to go home the same day.
  • It is common for your knee to be a little swollen for a few weeks. Walking can be uncomfortable.
  • Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
  • Most people make a good recovery and can return to normal activities. Your surgeon will be able to tell you if you are likely to get further problems with your knee.

This procedure is available to NHS, self funding and privately insured patients at The Horder Centre. Finance options available.

Guide price for self pay patients

Arthroscopic Meniscetomy

  Consultation Diagnostics Treatment Care after discharge
Hospital costs Included £350 £2755 Included
Consultant costs £220 Included Included Included
Estimated total cost £3325
Estimated length of stay Day case

The guide price is correct as of 2nd March 2017

What's included

The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital. The Guide Prices 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.

For more information please contact our Private Patient Pathway Manager on 01892 620934 or email pp@horder.co.uk for a personalised quote and further details on procedures available.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Stephen Milner DM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
Illustrations: Medical Illustration Copyright © Medical-Artist.com

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Issued June 2017 | Expires end of May 2018

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