Knee arthroscopy surgery at Spire Leicester Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £3,265

At Spire Leicester Hospital, we use knee arthroscopy to investigate and treat knee pain and injuries. This includes anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and other ligament injuries, cartilage damage, meniscal (meniscus) tear and osteoarthritis.

Knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery, which uses an arthroscope (a thin, flexible, telescopic instrument) to investigate or treat knee problems.

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?

  • Fast access to diagnostic tests and scans
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Knee arthroscopy: what to expect at Spire Leicester

At Spire Leicester, we offer fast diagnosis and treatment in our clean, modern facilities - without the wait. We also provide high-quality aftercare for as long as you need it.

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

How much does Knee arthroscopy surgery cost at Spire Leicester Hospital

A knee arthroscopy procedure is available from £3,265.

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.

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.

You can trust Spire Leicester Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for knee arthroscopy at Spire Leicester

At Spire Leicester, we have extensive experience of performing knee arthroscopy. All our orthopaedic operations take place in theatres with a laminar flow system that regulates air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

The procedures offered to you will depend on your symptoms or condition and might include:

  • Repair or removal of torn cartilages – cartilage acts as a shock absorber in the knee and is commonly damaged as a result of sports injury or simply ‘wearing out’
  • Damage to the knee cap and the joint surfaces can be trimmed or shaved
  • Small holes (micro-fractures) can be made in the bone to stimulate new cartilage growth
  • Removal of loose bodies such as bone, cartilage or debris from the joint

Preparing for knee arthroscopy at Spire Leicester

Finding us

We're located seven miles from junction 21 of the M1 and easily accessible from the A47 and A6. We’re a 15 minute cab ride from Leicester railway station. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

All of our 21 consulting rooms are on the ground floor making it easier for you if your knee problems are affecting your mobility. During your consultation, your consultant will:

  • Discuss what may have happened to cause your symptoms (eg a sports injury or fall)
  • Ask about your medical history
  • Possibly recommend looking at your knee using our advanced scanning and imaging technologies to help diagnose the cause of your pain or mobility issues
  • Give you the opportunity to talk openly about your treatment options and answer any questions you may have

Full knee arthroscopy surgery

Watch how a knee arthroscopy surgery takes place

Knee arthroscopy: your procedure

Here’s what will happen on the day of your knee arthroscopy:

  • You’ll meet your orthopaedic surgeon again and your anaesthetist
  • You’ll be given the type of anaesthetic that you’ve agreed with your consultant – either a general, where you’re asleep, or a spinal or epidural, when you’re either sedated or awake but can’t feel anything below your waist
  • 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
  • They'll then repair damage to cartilage or ligaments, remove loose bone fragments or scar tissue, and may take tissue samples if there’s inflammation

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

Q & A

Jeremy Jarratt, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about knee arthroscopy surgery

Knee arthroscopy: your recovery

It’s common to experience some pain or discomfort, but rest assured our nursing team will be able to provide pain relief medication and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. How long any pain lasts for after your arthroscopy will depend on:

  • Your condition or injury
  • The exact nature of the surgery you had
  • If you have an ongoing knee disease or injury needing further treatment

After your surgery, your consultant will discuss how your investigation/treatment went, and any future procedures you may benefit from. Typically, you’ll be able to go home later the same day or the day after your knee arthroscopy.

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

Treatment and recovery timeline

View full timeline

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

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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