Knee arthroscopies are often carried out to treat a number of knee conditions including meniscal cartilage tears, worn articular cartilage and soft tissue problems. Patients are usually admitted as a day case.
The surgery generally takes twenty minutes to perform. If there is torn cartilage in the knee, the surgeon will either trim it or, if possible, stitch the tear together.
Patients begin the mobilisation of the knee with the aid of a physiotherapist on the day of surgery. Crutches will be required for one to two days, and patients should find it comfortable to drive after five to seven days. The knee should be back to complete normal use after approximately eight weeks.