WHAT IS KNEE ARTHROSCOPY
An arthroscopy is a surgical procedure where a small camera is used to look inside joints. It lets us see inside the knee and treat several conditions. It is a small operation usually done as a day case under a general anaesthetic. (You are asleep through the operation)
Any impact or contact activities e.g. football, tennis etc. for at least 6 week following your operation. Return to normal activities and hobbies as you feel able.
Following your operation it can take 3-4 months for your knee to return to normal and it is common to find it difficult or uncomfortable to kneel. Initially you will mobilise with crutches but as you regain confidence these can be discarded.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Two to three small cuts on the knee will be made that generally do not require stitches. A waterproof dressing which should stay undisturbed for 10 -14 days. In addition you will have a pad and crepe bandage around the knee to help control bruising and swelling. You can remove this the following day to allow movement and exercises.
At the time of your operation some local anaesthetic will be put in your knee. This helps with initial pain control but as it wears off you may experience some discomfort. You can assist pain reduction and management of swelling by raising your leg several times daily and applying ice over the knee.
It is common to experience numbness of the skin around the knee following this operation. This usually improves but can sometimes take as long as 12-18 months to settle.
Some people are left with permanent numbness.
Your knee discomfort and swelling should gradually reduce within the first 6-8 weeks after your operation. This will depend on your level of activity, although it is entirely normal for the knee still to have some swelling at the six week stage. The exercises below will help your knee to function and assist in your recovery. Avoid any impact or contact activites, e.g. football, tennis, etc. for at least 6 weeks following your operation. Return to normal activites as you feel able.
Folllowing your operation it can take 3-4 months for your knee to return to normal and it is common to find it difficult or uncomfortable to kneel.
“The exercises on this page will help your recovery. You should start these the day after your operation.”