Arthroscopy comes from the greek words arthro (joint) and skopein (to look) and the term literally translates to look within the joint.
Arthroscopy began as a simple diagnostic tool for planning open surgery but with the development of better instrumentation and surgerical techniques many conditions can now be treated arthroscopically.
Knee Arthroscopy Surgery is key hole surgery that can be done alone or in association with other surgeries such as Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction or medial patellofemoral reconstruction for recurrent patella dislocation.
Arthroscopies are usually performed under a general or regional anesthetic. Insertion is through 2 or more cuts at the front of the knee less than 1cm long through which a camera, or telescope camera, and instruments are inserted to diagnose and treat pathology inside the knee.
Faster Recovery Times, Less Pain
Knee Arthroscopy Surgery is generally a day only surgery. The patient presents at the hospital the day of the surgery and then leaves after a few hours of surgery. The patient can mobilise and bear weight as tolerated with crutches after surgery and walk on the operated leg within the limits of pain.
The patient can commence sports and strengthening exercises six weeks after the operation.