Arthroscopy of the Knee

Inner West Hip & Knee Clinic

This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a miniature telescope-like instrument is passed into the joint so that the surgeon can see the inside of the knee in great detail, and operate through just two small incisions.

An arthroscopy can be for diagnosis or treatment. Some conditions that may require this procedure include:

1. Meniscal tears
Tearing of the cartilage that cushions the knee joint can cause a number of symptoms, including pain and swelling. An arthroscopy may be performed to remove part of the damaged meniscus (cushioning cartilage), or in some younger patients the meniscus can sometimes be repaired. This procedure may require a separate incision and take longer before full activities can be resumed.

2. Cruciate ligament reconstruction
The operation involves replacing the torn cruciate ligament with either the hamstring tendons or patella tendon from the same leg.

Read more about Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction here  

3. Arthritis
Occasionally, arthritis can be helped by arthroscopy. Often it is performed as a “grease and oil change” for a knee that will eventually require a knee replacement. An arthroscopy cannot cure arthritis and sometimes results can be disappointing.

Read more about Knee Arthritis here  

4. Loose bodies
Loose pieces of cartilage or bone can occur due to a variety of causes. They can be removed during arthroscopy.

5. Diagnosis or assessment
Arthroscopy is useful to assess the inside of the knee to determine the suitability for other surgical procedures.

6. Knee cap pain
A painful patella (knee cap) may be an indication for arthroscopy after treatment with physiotherapy. If there are loose fragments of carilage behind the kneecap these can be removed during an arthroscopy. Another treatment of patella pain is to perform a lateral release. This is a procedure where tight structures pulling the wrong way on your kneecap are released.

7. Cartilage biopsy
If you are a candidate for cartilage transplant A specimen may be taken at the time of your arthroscopy which may be used at a later time. This may avoid a repeat operation to take a sample of cartilage.

For appointments and enquiries please phone   02 9735 3637

Inner West Hip & Knee Clinic
16 Robert Street
Ashfield NSW 2131

Waratah Private Hospital
Suite 204, Level 2
31 Dora Street
Hurstville NSW 2220
Fax: 02 9735 3635

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