An arthroscopy is a “key hole” surgical technique.
During a knee arthroscopy, a tiny camera (arthroscope) is inserted through a small incision inside your knee joint. This allows viewing the inside of your knee joint and identifying as well as correcting any problems by using small instruments.
Knee arthroscopy is used in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of knee problems including:
- Repair or resection of torn meniscus
- Removal of loose bodies
- Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments
- Repair of ligaments of the joint
- Identifying fractures in the knee bones
- Identifying swollen synovium (the lining in the joint)
- Removal of pieces of torn cartilage
Knee arthroscopy has limited risks and data has shown good recovery and outcomes for most patients, however each individual’s recovery time and prognosis will vary.