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A knee arthroscopy is the surgical procedure doctors use in order to get a better look at the knee joint without the need for a large incision through the skin and other surrounding soft tissues. Our surgeon may use arthroscopy to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of knee conditions. An arthroscope is inserted through these small incisions along with special surgical instruments, allowing the doctor to treat an array of knee conditions. Due to the nature of the procedure, patients often experience reduced pain and a shortened recovery period.
Who needs Knee Arthroscopy?
You may benefit from knee arthroscopy if you’re experiencing knee pain that doesn’t get better with nonsurgical treatments. Nonsurgical treatments include rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy (PT). The camera on the arthroscope helps the surgeon to have a good look at the cartilage, bones and soft tissues inside your knee. This helps with diagnosis and treatment of your condition. If you’ve injured your knee after contact sports such as football or basketball, consult your surgeon if further tests or imaging such as a MRI scan are required. Injuries involving the meniscus, ligaments and cartilage can be treated with the help of knee arthroscopy.
What happens during a Knee Arthroscopy?
Most patients will receive a general anaesthesia for the surgery. Fasting is required from the night before your surgery. Your anaesthetist will discuss with you if an injection such as a nerve block procedure is required in addition to general anaesthesia. You won’t feel pain or discomfort during surgery. Your surgeon will insert the arthroscope and survey the condition of your knee. Procedures to treat specific injuries can be done through the same key-hole incisions with the help of special instruments. This includes procedures such as meniscus repairs and ligament repairs or reconstruction. Depending on the complexity of the injury, surgery can take between 1-1.5 hours. Once surgery is completed, you will be able to rest in the day surgery ward.
What happens after Knee Arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is often done as a day procedure. After a period of observation in the day surgery ward, patients can be discharged to rest at home. An overnight stay for observation is recommended for complex procedures. You will need to keep your operated leg elevated, with regular icing and application of a cold pack. Oral pain medications will be prescribed for the first 2 weeks after surgery. A knee brace is often prescribed to control the amount of bending or flexion of the knee. It also serves to provide support to the knee and protect any structural repairs that have been performed during the surgery. You may be advised to place less weight on your operated leg for a short period of time. Your surgeon will advise you if crutches or walking aids are needed.
When can I return to Sports after Knee Arthroscopy?
A customized physical therapy program will commence to help you regain strength and flexibility. Time is often needed to allow the cartilage, meniscus or ligaments to heal after repair. Every patient’s condition and response to treatment differs. Speak to your surgeon to understand when you can return to an active sporting lifestyle.
Contact Dr Kau – Knee Surgeon | Knee Specialist
Dr Kau is an experienced hip and knee surgeon. He is a knee specialist and is Fellowship Trained and has subspecialty training in Adult Reconstruction surgery which involves primary, complex and revision knee replacement surgery. He has been practising as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon since 2016. Meet the surgeon here at The Orthopaedic Surgeon