Nick Kenny Orthopaedic Surgeon

Patient Information > Keyhole Knee Surgery

A knee arthroscopy is a keyhole operation whereby a telescope attached to a camera is placed inside your knee joint through a small puncture wound. Via a second puncture wound, small instruments are inserted to treat the problem inside your knee.

The wounds are sufficiently small enough not to need stitches. The wounds normally heal within a couple of weeks and subsequently fade away, hardly leaving a visible scar.

Before and After

The operation is normally performed under a light general anaesthetic but can also be performed under a spinal anaesthetic.

The operation takes approximately twenty minutes. Generally speaking the operation is performed as a day case procedure requiring a stay in hospital of approximately half a day.



Video's of Knee Arthroscopy

These videos are internal images showing trimming of torn cartilage inside knee.
Guidance note: These videos have no sound.



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