More information about arthroscopy

Arthroscopic (or “key-hole”) surgery is the most common form of knee surgery. It can be performed for a variety of reasons, for example:

  1. Treating torn meniscal cartilages, usually this involves trimming away the torn pieces, though infrequently it can involve repair.
  2. Removing loose pieces of bone and / or cartilage which can cause the joint to jam or lock.
  3. Releasing excessively tight bands of tissue which can cause pain.
  4. Removing an inflamed knee joint lining (“synovitis”)
  5. Surgery to reduce the roughness of degenerate articular cartilage (chondroplasty), note that this is not always effective in relieving the pain of osteoarthritis. It is certainly not a cure.

Arthroscopic surgery is usually carried out as day surgery, and usually under general anaesthetic. It is usually not overly painful, and many people can return to work within a few days, depending on the physical demands of their employment.