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Knee Arthroscopic Surgery (“keyhole” surgery)

Dr Frank Connon

Dr Connon is experienced in a variety of arthroscopic procedures around the knee.

If you have you have a meniscal tear, you may need arthroscopic knee surgery

Types of Hip Replacement

There are different reasons for performing knee arthroscopy.

Knee pain

If you have a meniscal tear, it may be causing you a catching or ‘grabbing’ type pain, particularly when you pivot to change direction, climb stairs or in bed at night. It may also cause locking of the knee.

In patients with a tear that can be repaired (not all tears are reparable) you may need an arthroscopic repair to try and preserve the knee joint

In patients with arthritis underlying the meniscal tear, non-surgical management can often be trialled first because the meniscus protects the joint against further damage (“arthritis”) and cutting the tear out may in some cases accelerate this damage.

Some patients may respond to physiotherapy and/or injections. Alternatively, you may need arthroscopic surgery.

Knee Arthroscopy Process

Knee Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery Timeline

Day of surgery

The day surgery team will make sure you are comfortable walking (either with or without the assistance of crutches) and give you some tablets in case you need them to treat your discomfort. If you’ve had a meniscal repair, you may have a brace on and need to use the crutches to minimise your weightbearing. If your meniscal tear has simply been trimmed, you will be able to walk normally.

2-3 weeks

After 2-3 weeks, your wound will be checked (usually by a specialist wound nurse). Dr Connon will normally use dissolving suture, so no suture removal is likely to be required. After your wound review you should arrange to see your physiotherapist to begin post-operative exercises.

After 6 weeks

By this stage you should be getting back to a more normal existence, particularly if you had a meniscal debridement (“trim”) rather than a repair. If you have a brace from a meniscal repair, you will be able to remove that brace at this point and weight-bear normally though you should still avoid deep squats. If you were wearing a brace you can return to driving at this point. Some patients may be able to drive earlier than this, notably following a left knee arthroscopy if you have an automatic car.

Surgical Risks

Every surgery has some risks. Whilst the probability of these risks has been shown to be lower in the hands of experienced specialist knee surgeons, they are nevertheless a possibility.

Dr Connon will always put your health first and will discuss the potential risks of surgery with you before you book in for any procedure. Before surgery, Dr Connon will assess any risks involved with your current medications, medical history, and require your skin to be healthy. He may also organise a review by a perioperative doctor to optimise your general medical health and monitor you postoperatively if you have multiple other health problems.

Some risks present themselves only after surgery, such as infection and DVT. Please don’t hesitate to call Dr Connon’s rooms if you have any postoperative concerns.