Knee arthroscopy surgery at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £3,710

At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, we use some of the latest knee arthroscopy techniques 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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Transparent pricing
  • 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 2021

Knee arthroscopy: what to expect at Spire Tunbridge Wells

At Spire Tunbridge Wells, we have many dedicated orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions related to bones and muscles.

We offer fast diagnosis to treatment time and our nurses and physiotherapists provide expert aftercare to help your recovery.

How much does Knee arthroscopy surgery cost at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

A knee arthroscopy procedure is available from £3,710.

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 Tunbridge Wells 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 Tunbridge Wells

At Spire Tunbridge Wells, 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 microfracture where they make small holes in your bones to stimulate cartilage growth. We can also offer autograft or allograft for ACL injuries and suturing for meniscus tears. Your consultant can explain these procedures in more detail to you if they think you might benefit from them.

Preparing for knee arthroscopy at Spire Tunbridge Wells

Getting here

We're located in Kent, six miles from the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The nearest station is Tunbridge Wells, which is approximately six miles from the hospital. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

For your appointments, you’ll meet your consultant in one of our 11 consultation rooms. All of our rooms are accessible, so there’s no need to worry about stairs if your knee is very painful.

If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, your consultant will do the following before a knee arthroscopy:

  • 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

Your consultations give you an opportunity to discuss your needs and expectations from your surgery. We can then outline a treatment and care plan that’s tailored to you.

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 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. Your consultant may also explain to you what’s been found and whether they recommend further 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 that needs further treatment
  • Your personal pain threshold

But don’t worry, you’ll be given painkillers to help you manage over the following days. Your physiotherapist will also give you an exercise plan to help you get active again, plus a guide to how long your recovery will take.

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.

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