What Is a Knee Arthroscopy?

A knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery that enables your surgeon to make small cuts in your skin and insert a tiny camera to examine the inside of your knee. This allows your surgeon to identify serious problems including arthritis, ligament damage and torn cartilage (meniscus).

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Knee Arthorscopy wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait Time can be up to

0 days *

The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

Knee Arthorscopy - image explainer - A right knee with a tear in the lateral meniscus

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Knee Arthroscopy - who is it for?

Who Is A Knee Arthroscopy For?

A knee arthroscopy is for patients who want to have the problems affecting their knee(s) diagnosed and addressed with minimal pain and a shorter recovery period.

What are the benefits?

A knee arthroscopy allows the surgeon to confirm the problem in a patient’s knee previously identified in MRI scans (and quite often repair the knee during the same procedure). Smaller incisions in the skin thanks to keyhole surgery results in less pain for the patient after their procedure and potentially a speedier recovery.

What happens During Surgery?

You will be put under an anaesthetic which will also help relax your muscles completely. 

Your surgeon will make one or more incisions around your knee and insert a small camera through them to examine your knee ligaments. 

Your surgeon will look for damage to ligaments, cartilage and joint surface on the inside of the knee. 

In most cases torn cartilage can be trimmed or repaired without the surgeon needing to make a bigger incision. 

A knee arthroscopy takes between 30 and 45 minutes on average.

How long Will I Stay in hospital?

A knee arthroscopy is a day surgery and patients are able to return home the same day.

What is my recovery time?

Your knee will likely be a little swollen for several weeks.

You may be given painkillers to relieve pain since moving about and walking can be uncomfortable.

The majority of patients experience a good recovery. 

Exercising on a regular basis usually helps to speed up your return to everyday activities as quickly as possible. 

Consult your GP or a healthcare professional for advice before starting any new exercise routine.

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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