Knee arthroscopy surgery at Spire Alexandra Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £3,200

At Spire Alexandra Hospital, we offer knee arthroscopy for a wide range of knee problems including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and other ligament injuries, cartilage damage, meniscal (meniscus) tear, osteoarthritis and investigating knee pain.

This is a keyhole procedure which uses an arthroscope - a thin, flexible, telescopic instrument for looking at joints.

Sometimes also called

  • Meniscal tear surgery
  • Cruciate ligament surgery

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same-day discharge or 1 night

  • Procedure duration
    30 minutes to 2 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or local

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Clear, inclusive pricing

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Knee arthroscopy: what to expect at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, we provide high-quality aftercare that’s personalised to you for as long as you medically need it. We also offer fast diagnosis and treatment without the wait in our clean, modern facilities.

If you need treatment, we can offer you a choice of expert orthopaedic surgeons who are committed to providing treatments and care that's personalised to you.

How much does Knee arthroscopy surgery cost at Spire Alexandra Hospital

It's a common procedure to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Knee arthroscopy surgery (multiple operations) Fees
Initial consultation £150
Treatment £3,050
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,200
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£152
Representative example
Loan amount £2,550
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,736

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Alexandra Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for knee arthroscopy at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, we have wide experience of performing knee arthroscopy in our high-quality facilities, including two operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

The procedures offered to you will depend on your symptoms or condition. Some of our consultants perform:

  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation which is used to treat painful cartilage defects in your knee – healthy cartilage cells are taken from another part of your body and later injected into the damaged area of your cartilage
  • Microfracture – your surgeon makes small holes in your bones to stimulate cartilage growth

Preparing for knee arthroscopy at Spire Alexandra

Getting here

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. The nearest railway station is Chatham, a 10 minute taxi journey away. We have free parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your appointments will take place in one of our 13 accessible consultation rooms, so don’t worry if you have difficulty walking.

During your consultations, we'll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Say whether you need an X-ray, and/or an MRI or CT scan so we can examine your knee in more detail – again, all scanning rooms are on the ground floor so easily accessible
  • Explain all about what will happen during the procedure
  • Tell you about your different anaesthetic options, and help you choose the right one for you
  • Answer all your questions about your surgery

Once you and your consultant have agreed to go ahead with your knee arthroscopy, your consultant and your physiotherapist will explain your recovery plan.

Full knee arthroscopy surgery

Watch how a knee arthroscopy surgery takes place

Knee arthroscopy: your procedure

On the day

Before your procedure, you’ll meet your orthopaedic surgeon again and your anaesthetist. Depending on what you’ve agreed upon with your consultant, you’ll either have:

  • A general anaesthetic so you’re asleep
  • An epidural or spinal anaesthetic, when you can’t feel anything below your waist
  • A local anaesthetic so you can’t feel your knee

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our lounge or restaurant while you have your operation.

Your procedure

  • Your surgeon will make two or more small incisions into your knee then pass the arthroscope (a thin, flexible, telescopic instrument with a light and a tiny video camera on the end) into your knee joint to view it
  • Any damage to cartilage or ligaments will then be repaired, loose bone fragments or scar tissue removed or tissue samples collected if there’s inflammation

Q & A

Jeremy Jarratt, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about knee arthroscopy surgery

Knee arthroscopy: your recovery

After your operation, you may go home on the same day or the following day, depending on the time of your surgery and whether you had any treatment.

Although there’s less pain after an arthroscopy than with traditional surgery, you’re likely to feel discomfort once the anaesthetic wears off. How long this lasts will depend on:

  • The cause of your knee pain
  • Whether you had any treatment during the procedure
  • If you have an ongoing knee disease or injury needing further treatment
  • Your personal pain threshold

You’ll be given painkillers to help you manage over the following days. Your physiotherapist will give you an exercise plan to help you get active again, plus a guide to how long your recovery will take.

Your consultant may also explain to you what’s been found and whether they recommend further treatment.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline for knee arthroscopy:

Up to 1 night

Leave hospital

1–2 weeks

Return to work, depending on your job

Around 2 weeks

May be able to drive

6 weeks

Return to heavy work and sports

  • Up to 1 night


    Leave hospital

  • 1–2 weeks


    Return to work, depending on your job

  • Around 2 weeks


    May be able to drive

  • 6 weeks


    Return to heavy work and sports

How to get to us

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. London Gatwick Airport is approximately 45 miles away.

We offer services to patients throughout the South East of England and Kent, particularly Medway and the surrounding areas including Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Maidstone.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Alexandra Hospital,

Impton Lane
Walderslade
Chatham
Kent
ME5 9PG

Main Switchboard:  01634 687166

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01634 662866

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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