Knee arthroscopy is a highly effective and minimally invasive surgical procedure that provides a clear view of the knee joint, helping to diagnose and treat various issues both inside and outside the joint.
The arthroscope is a small fibre-optic telescope that can be inserted into a joint to assess and treat a variety of conditions. It has a camera attached, and the images are displayed on a TV monitor.
To perform this procedure, your surgeon will insert a tiny camera, known as an arthroscope, into your knee joint. Because arthroscopy uses only tiny, thin surgical instruments, only a few small incisions are necessary. As a result, patients often experience less pain and stiffness post-operatively, leading to a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open surgical procedures with larger incisions. Most arthroscopic surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and are typically conducted under general anaesthesia.
Please find below more detailed information on the knee arthroscopy procedure, including what to expect before, during, and after the surgery, as well as information on the recovery period.
Surgical paperwork will be administered by the nurses, and the anaesthetist will meet with the patient to ask a few questions.
A hospital gown will be provided, and the operation site will be shaved and cleaned.
A Betadine skin prep will be applied to the area above the knee and wrapped.
All X-rays should be brought with the patient to the theatre.
Knee Arthroscopy is typically conducted as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home on the same day.
Follow-Up: Regular follow-up appointments with the team will help monitor your progress and address any concerns:
If patients are worried about their level of pain, experience significant bleeding, or notice fever or redness around the surgical site, they should contact the office immediately. If assistance is needed after hours, patients can contact the hospital where the surgery was performed, and they will contact Professor Al Muderis on their behalf.
Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882
Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000