Knee arthroscopy surgery at Spire St Anthony's Hospital

Keyhole surgery allows your doctor to check and treat knee problems.

At Spire St Anthony’s 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?

  • Fast access to treatments, tests and scans
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2023

Knee arthroscopy: what to expect at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital

At Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, our team of orthopaedic (bone and muscle) surgeons can offer you a treatment and care plan that's personal to you and your needs. Our dedicated nurses and physiotherapists will provide expert aftercare to help you get the most from your operation.

We offer fast diagnosis to treatment time and easy booking with appointment times to suit you.

How much does Knee arthroscopy surgery cost at Spire St Anthony's 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 Fees
Initial consultation £220
Treatment price £3,980
Aftercare Included
From price From £4,200
Monthly treatment price

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

£208
Representative example
Loan amount £3,480
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,744
Knee arthroscopy surgery (multiple operations) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment price £3,705
Aftercare Included
From price From £3,905
Monthly treatment price

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

£191
Representative example
Loan amount £3,205
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,438

The price shown is the ‘from price’ (ie the minimum cost of the procedure). Please note that for some procedures the actual price you are quoted may vary significantly and can increase depending on your choice of Consultant (who is an independent practitioner and not an employee of Spire). The fees charged by Consultants and Anaesthetists are set independently and are outside the control of Spire. The price may also vary depending on the type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and your medical history.

Spire St Anthony's Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price for your procedure 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 St Anthony’s Hospital

At Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, we have wide experience of performing knee arthroscopy in our high-quality facilities. The procedures offered to you will depend on your symptoms or condition. Some of our consultants perform:

  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation – 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

We also have three laminar flow operating theatres which regulate air flow to minimise the risk of infection.

Preparing for knee arthroscopy at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital

Finding us

Spire St Anthony's Hospital is close to Sutton and Epsom. Sutton and Cheam stations are both on the Victoria and London Bridge line. Worcester Park station is on the Waterloo to Epsom line. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

All of our 19 consultation rooms are easily accessible, meaning you shouldn’t have any difficulty if your knee problems are affecting your mobility. Your consultations provide you with a space to talk openly about your needs and hopes from your operation. Your consultant will ensure you’re being offered the best treatment for you. If you don’t currently have a diagnosis your consultant will do the following:

  • Discuss what may have happened to cause your symptoms (eg a sports injury or fall)
  • Ask about your medical history
  • They may recommend using our advanced scanning, imaging and diagnostic technologies to look at your knee to help understand the cause of your pain or mobility issues

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, when 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 our lounge or restaurant 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 that we have a dedicated healthcare team who’ll be able to provide pain relief medication and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. You shouldn't feel as much pain after an arthroscopy than with traditional surgery, and how long this lasts depends on:

  • Your condition or injury
  • What treatment (if any) 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:

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

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.

How to get to us

Spire St Anthony’s Hospital is a large private hospital providing an extensive range of treatments and services for our patients in Sutton and the surrounding Surrey and south London area.

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Spire St Anthony's Hospital,

801 London Road
Cheam
Sutton
SM3 9DW

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