Our Process

This procedure is commonly known as ‘key-hole surgery’ because it involves a camera attached to a thin telescope, being inserted into the knee joint through a small incision. This allows the surgeon to look inside the knee joint and identify any problems, small instruments can also be inserted via a second incision to treat some problems such as meniscal tears, removal of loose bodies, or a general ‘tidy’ of worn cartilage. Its is the commonest knee operation performed.




Following a consultation with Mr Datta, you will be given a date for surgery.



You will be called by one of our nursing staff who will conduct a pre-assessment within 2 weeks of your surgery for blood tests and a medical examination



The surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic as a day procedure. A ‘straight forward’ knee arthroscopy takes about 20 minutes but this time will increase the more complex the problem within the knee. The knee is injected with local anaesthetic at the end of the operation – this is to help minimise post-operative pain and the incisions are closed with steristrips.



You will be seen by a physiotherapist after your surgery who will help you mobilize and you will be able to walk out of the hospital 3-4 hours after your operation. You will have post-operative physiotherapy for a few weeks after and your mobility will improve daily.



You should be able to drive again around 5-7 days after, you will need to rest for around 1-2 weeks. Your knee should be back to normal 6-8 weeks after your surgery

Treatment Options

Hip/Knee Surgery’s

frequently asked questions

Is there any alternatives to knee arthroscopy?
Someimes medicine and physiotherapy can be used to treat pain rather then having surgery. However this may only be temporarily suitable and surgery will be needed sooner or later.
When can I excersise after surgery?
Following surgery, you will be given exercises from your physiotherapists that you can do in the hospital and at home. It is important that you keep up with these exercises to ensure your recovery is successful. You will be able to resume your normal activity in aproximatley 6 weeks post surgery.
What are the benefits of knee arthroscopy?
The surgeon can diagnose and treat your knee condition at the same time by performing knee arthroscopy surgery. Also it is less invasive, so the recovery time can be quiker and less time needed in hospital.