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Knee arthroscopy FAQs

If you still have questions about knee arthroscopy and how it can help, learn more about the process in these frequently asked questions.

A knee arthroscopy can treat many painful knee problems including:

  • Loose bodies in the knee (such as floating cartilage).
  • Excessive scar tissue from injury or trauma to the knee.
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as small ligament or tendon tears).
  • Minor bone fractures.
  • Inflammation around the knee joint.

If knee arthroscopy isn’t right for you, other types of knee surgery (such as a knee replacement) may be recommended.

While knee arthroscopy recovery is usually shorter than for other types of knee surgery, you’ll still need to take it easy for a few weeks. Most patients can resume light exercise around a month after the procedure and gradually build up their activity levels.

Compression stockings are used to reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs while you recover from surgery. You should wear them at all times for at least two weeks after your procedure (or longer if advised by your doctor).

We recommend that you take at least two weeks off work following a knee arthroscopy. This will give your knee the best chance of healing in the initial recovery phase. 

You might need to take a longer break from work if your job involves a lot of standing, walking, or heavy lifting.

Most patients can drive one week after their knee arthroscopy procedure. However, this depends on any painkillers you’re still taking. Your doctor will let you know when it’s safe to drive again.

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Learn more about knee keyhole surgery

Find out more about keyhole surgery for knee pain below.

The procedure itself shouldn’t be painful at all, as you’ll be given an anaesthetic or spinal block that prevents you from feeling anything during surgery.

When the anaesthetic wears off, you will feel some discomfort in your knee. This can normally be managed with pain medication prescribed by your doctor, or over-the-counter painkillers if preferred.

Knee arthroscopy is a successful procedure for many minor knee injuries. However, one study found that this type of surgery offers similar benefits to non-surgical knee pain treatments like physiotherapy. Despite this, 40% of the physiotherapy patients opted for knee arthroscopy after a few weeks due to a lack of improvement.

The benefits and risks differ for each patient, so it’s best to have an in-depth conversation with a consultant about whether keyhole surgery is the right option for you.

Many patients can walk very soon after their knee arthroscopy with the aid of crutches. Regular supportive physiotherapy will help you become more mobile more quickly.

You’ll probably be encouraged to bend and flex your knee as soon as you feel able to after your surgery. Regular gentle flexion will help build strength in your knee joint and support muscles.

Knee arthroscopy is generally considered a low-risk operation, especially compared with open knee surgery or knee replacement. Some possible complications include a small risk of infection, nerve damage, and blood clots. But with the right care and advice, most patients avoid these altogether.

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