The Joint Clinic

Knee Arthroscopy

About Knee Arthroscopy

Knee Arthroscopy: Arthroscopy, or Minimally Invasive “keyhole” surgery, allows the surgeon to look into the knee joint, make an exact diagnosis, and treat the condition with an operation that requires very small skin cuts. We use specially made instruments that fit through the small skin incisions and we visualize the knee using a camera. Because this technique disturbs the knee joint less than open surgery, the hospital stay is shorter and the recovery smoother than with “open surgery”.

There are several conditions that can be treated with knee arthroscopic surgery

Knee arthroscopy by Dr Gaurav Gupta

You will require some preoperative tests, to ensure you are fit for a general or spinal anesthetic. We will ask you to fill in some questionnaires prior to surgery. We are part of an international group who study outcomes of different operations to ensure that surgical outcomes are satisfactory. We get you to fill out similar questionnaires at the conclusion of your treatment. You will be admitted to the hospital a day prior to surgery or in the morning of surgery. You must remove all rings from your hands and feet prior to surgery. There usually will be 2 or 3 very small puncture wounds about the knee. There could be a 2 cm incision on the shin if we have to take a tendon graft from the leg (eg: when doing ACL reconstructions). In some cases, knee arthroscopy is performed under local anesthesia, making it a “walk in and walk out” procedure. Patients are usually discharged home the same day or the morning following surgery

Knee arthroscopy can be performed under local anesthesia. We will discuss this option during consultation with you. In this technique, patients walk up to the operating table where the surgeon gives injections of anesthetic medicines inside the knee joint. This numbs the knee joint. No Spinal anesthesia (anesthesia by injection in the back) or general anesthesia (making patient unconscious) is required. As patients are awake, they can follow their surgery on screen. After the surgery, patients can walk out of the operation theater by themselves, go up or down stairs and even go home after an hour. The whole procedure is much like going to a dentist !!

Who needs knee arthroscopy?

People with an injury to ligaments, meniscus, or cartilage which occurs in sports injuries and road accidents, often require knee arthroscopy to repair the damage. Similarly, people suffering from loose fragments or cartilage flaps inside the knee causing mechanical symptoms benefit from knee arthroscopy. People suffering from kneecap pain and knee cap dislocations (kneecap popping out) also stand to gain from arthroscopic surgery

Knee Treatments

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee Arthroscopy: Arthroscopy, or Minimally Invasive “keyhole” surgery, allows the surgeon…

ACL Reconstruction

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is an important ligament which holds together the thigh bone…

PCL Reconstruction

Similar to ACL, the PCL is a strong and important ligament holding the bones in the knee together. 

Meniscus Surgery

Meniscus is a special cartilage cushion, present only in the knee, which helps in uniform load…

Articular Cartilage Repair

Articular cartilage is the smooth slippery layer covering the portion of bones inside the joint…

Medial & Lateral Ligament

Peripheral ligaments of the knee are often damaged either singly, or in combination with other ligaments

Arthroscopic Arthrolysis

Stiffness or restricted movements in the knee can occur after injury, after surgery, or due to arthritis…

Multi Ligament Reconstruction

Multiple ligaments of the knee are damaged in cases of knee dislocation. The ACL, PCL, MCL…

Dislocating Patella Surgery

The Knee-cap (Patella) can dislocate during an injury, particularly in children and…

High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO)

High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO) : This is a joint conserving surgery for young and active people with…

Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Older and less active patients who have severe unicompartmental knee

Total Knee Replacement

Rough and damaged cartilage surfaces in cases of knee arthritis are replaced with smooth artificial…

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