A minor surgical procedure performed on the knee joint, an ‘arthroscopy’ can be used to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament, remove inflamed synovial tissue, and remove or repair the torn meniscal cartilage. A key benefit is that recovery from arthroscopy is much quicker than for traditional knee surgery.
During the procedure, surgeons make a small incision before inserting an ‘arthroscope’ – a small camera – into the knee joint to allow them to more easily diagnose and treat the problem by means of a clear image on screen. The knee structure is viewable in detail, enabling them to easily repair and remove the damaged tissue.
The length of the treatment is variable and depends on the severity of the problem. In the least severe cases, the procedure may take 30 minutes to perform and the patient may be able to go home within an hour or two. For more severe cases, the procedure may take hours to complete and the patient may be required to stay in hospital overnight for a day or two.