Knee arthroscopy surgery at Spire Washington Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £3,730

At Spire Washington Hospital, we use many of the latest techniques and innovations for investigating and treating 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 treatments, tests and scans
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, simple pricing and flexible payment options
  • 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 Washington

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

We offer access to tests, scans and treatment without the wait and our nurses and physiotherapists provide expert aftercare to help your recovery.

How much does Knee arthroscopy surgery cost at Spire Washington 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 £200
Treatment £3,530
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,730
Monthly treatment price

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

£139
Representative example
Loan amount £3,030
Deposit £500
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,336

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 Washington 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 Washington

At Spire Washington, we have wide experience of performing knee arthroscopy in our high-quality facilities, including three 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.

Preparing for knee arthroscopy at Spire Washington

Getting here

The hospital is within easy reach of the A1(M), close to Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland. Public transport options are available. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

All your consultations will take place in one of our 10 accessible private 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 they're easily accessible
  • Explain 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 will explain your recovery plan.

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 your room while you have your operation.

Q & A

Jeremy Jarratt, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about knee arthroscopy surgery

Knee arthroscopy: your recovery

Usually, you can go home on the same day or the following day after a knee arthroscopy. Your consultant will discuss how the investigation or treatment went and whether they recommend further surgery.

You may feel some pain once the anaesthetic wears off, but don’t worry, your healthcare team will give you painkillers to help with this. How long any pain lasts and your recovery time will depend on what your consultant needed to do during your procedure. If you’ve had any treatment, it may take longer than if you just had an investigation.

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

Spire Washington Hospital is situated in a quiet residential area the hospital has extensive grounds which create a relaxing atmosphere for both patients and visitors alike. The hospital is within easy reach of the A1(M), close to Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Washington Hospital,

Picktree Lane
Rickleton 
Washington
NE38 9JZ

Main Switchboard:  0191 415 1272

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0191 418 8687

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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