Knee arthroscopy involves keyhole surgery whereby the structures inside the knee can be looked at and treated. Two small incisions are made over the knee and an arthroscope is used along with a video camera. Patients return home a few hours after the surgery.
Knee arthroscopy is used to treat a wide variety of knee conditions. The most common problem treated is that of a torn meniscus, or “cartilage”. Other conditions involve wear and tear of the lining of the knee joint or the removal of loose bodies within the knee. Sometimes a knee arthroscopy is performed to diagnose a knee problem.
Knee arthroscopy is generally performed under a short general anaesthetic. Sometimes a spinal anaesthetic can be used, in which the anaesthetist makes the lower part of the body go numb. The patient can be awake for the procedure if they so desire.
A thorough history and examination is performed by Mr Donohue prior to a knee arthroscopy. The history and examination alone may clearly indicate the cause of knee symptoms or pain, such as a meniscal tear. If there is any doubt about the diagnosis, or if there may be multiple problems, an MRI scan may be performed prior to the surgery.
Mr Donohue recommends that patients having a knee arthroscopy have 1 week of rest following the procedure. Ideally the patient should stay at home and should elevate the leg. Ice is useful to help control any swelling.
Complications following a knee arthroscopy are rare. Possible concerns are infection, blood clots (thrombosis), stiffness, nerve or vascular injury, and ongoing pain.
Mr Donohue normally sees the patient 1 to 2 weeks following surgery at which stage a return to work and normal activities is often possible.
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