12 November 2019
Less pain, faster healing times and lower infection risks are all things we’d like any surgery we have to benefit from, and arthroscopies are known for this.
At Spire Parkway Private Hospital, Solihull, near Birmingham, Orthopaedic Consultant and Knee specialist Mr James Arbuthnot regularly performs knee arthroscopies, and answers some questions you have about the procedure.
Q: What is a knee arthroscopy?
A: An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery which is used to diagnose and treat problems with many joints, but most frequently arthroscopies are performed on the knee.
Q: Why do I need one?
A: It may be the right treatment if you have a persistent injury that prevents you from getting on with your usual daily life. An arthroscopy not only assesses the level of joint damage, it can also treat a range of conditions including: repairs to damaged cartilage, trimming away damaged tissue and helping to manage arthritis.
Q: How long does the surgery take?
A: Approximately 1 hour, depending on the diagnosis of the condition.
Q: What are the benefits?
A: This is a minimally invasive procedure carried out as a day case, meaning you get to go home the same day. It is often possible to return to light physical activities within a few weeks.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: No serious side effects have been reported. There is a risk of mild to moderate swelling, pain and discomfort which will improve over time like any surgery, and there may also be a low risk of infection, bleeding, clot in the calf and nerve or blood vessel injury but your consultant will talk you through any risks before your procedure.
Q: What happens after the procedure?
A: Patients can return home the same day, and you will need to take things easy for a few weeks. A good result is usually more likely with a course of physiotherapy in the recovery period which your consultant will discuss with you.
Q: How quickly could I have a consultation, and how much would it cost?
A: It depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted to see, but we pride ourselves on getting you fast access to diagnosis and you can often get a consultation within 24/48 hours. Initial consultation fees vary by consultant, but around £200 is a reasonable guide.
Q: If I need surgery, how quickly could I have it?
A: We have no waiting lists at Spire Parkway, but again it depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted, but as a guide, and subject to your pre-operation assessment, between one and two weeks.
Q: I don’t have health insurance, can I self-pay?