You may need surgery when your knee has structural damage or if your knee has not responded to other treatment options such as anti-inflammatory medication or steroid injections.
A knee arthroscopy is one of the most common surgical treatments. It consists of advanced keyhole surgery to allow your surgeon to investigate and treat knee problems.
Your surgeon will insert a small camera known as an arthroscope into a small incision into the knee joint. This will display on a video monitor to help guide the surgeon during your operation. The surgical instruments will be inserted into another very small incision to enable the surgeon to treat your knee.
Arthroscopies are commonly used for:
- Meniscus tears
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Cartilage damage
- Ligament damage
- Wear and tear due to Osteoarthritis.
- Investigate any abnormalities inside the joint
- Drain excess fluid from around the joint
- Removing tissue such as a Baker’s cyst
- Removing fragments of loose bone or cartilage
- Problems with your knee cap (Patella)