A knee arthroscopy is a procedure that involves making two or three small incisions, or portals, usually in front of the knee. A small arthroscope (three to five millimetres in diameter) is inserted into the knee allowing the surgeon to see and operate inside the joint. Knee arthroscopy is usually carried out under a general anaesthesia, either as a day case or in some instances as an overnight stay in hospital.

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Patients are not routinely seen post operatively unless requested by the medical team (i.e. ACL deficient/rupture).

The patient should mobilise FWB (unless stated otherwise) once they have had something to eat and drink. Exercises as should be commenced as per Appendix A.

No further physiotherapy treatment should be necessary. The medical team will refer for outpatient physiotherapy if appropriate.

  • Accidental damage to the knee joint
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Persistent / Recurrent pain
  • Infection

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