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Knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)

A knee arthroscopy can help investigate and treat your knee problems.

A knee arthroscopy is a type of surgery used to examine the inside of your knee joint. A specialist, such as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, will perform your arthroscopy using a technique known as keyhole surgery. This technique involves creating a small incision in the skin next to your knee joint. An arthroscope (a thin tube with a light and a camera) is then passed through this incision to examine the condition of your joint and diagnose the cause of your symptoms. 

After your Consultant has determined the cause of your symptoms, they will create two more incisions in your knee to pass through specialised surgical instruments. These allow your Consultant to remove the damaged components in your joint.  

In the years between 2000 to 2010, there was a 69% increase in the number of arthroscopies performed in the UK.  

It is important to note that the procedure isn’t strictly recommended for elderly people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. A study by the Orthopaedic Department at Linköping University Hospital, published in “Osteoarthritis and Cartilage” (the official journal of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International), found adults aged between the ages of 45 to 64 with a suspected meniscal injury (an injury to your knee cartilage or meniscus) experienced reduced pain and significant improvement to their quality of life following their arthroscopy surgery.

Younger people can also benefit from an arthroscopic operation. This is usually following a traumatic fall or sports injury that causes direct damage to your knee.

Knee arthroscopy is usually considered when alternative treatments such as pain relief medication, steroid injections and physiotherapy have not been able to alleviate the symptoms in your knee (such as pain, swelling or stiffness). Some of the many reasons why you might be advised to have an arthroscopy include:  

A torn meniscus

Your meniscus are pieces of a cartilage found on the outside (lateral) and the inside (medial) of your knee. They act as a cushion between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shinbone). As well as supporting your knee joint, your meniscus is responsible for absorbing shock, bearing weight and stabilising and lubricating your joint. However, your meniscus can become torn or damaged following an activity or injury that applies pressure on your knee or causes your joint to twist.  

If left untreated, a torn meniscus can irritate your joint’s surface and damage your articular cartilage, which can lead to arthritis. Your articular cartilage covers the ends of your tibia (shinbone), femur (thighbone) and patella (kneecap) — these bones all meet to form your knee joint. An arthroscopy can be performed to repair or remove a torn meniscus.  

What is a knee arthroscopy and meniscectomy procedure?


A meniscectomy is the procedure to remove your torn meniscus through a knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery). A partial meniscectomy refers to the removal of only a part of your torn meniscus through knee arthroscopy. 

A torn anterior cruciate ligament


A torn or ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common injury sustained while playing sports such as football, skiing and netball. ACL reconstruction surgery can be carried out to reconstruct your ligament. It is often performed through an arthroscopy, where your torn ligament is removed and replaced with tissue taken from another part of your body, or from a donor.  

Inflamed synovial tissue


Your synovium is a membrane that lines and lubricates your joints. But osteoarthritis (a wear and tear form of arthritis) can trigger inflammation in your synovial tissue. Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis can also cause your synovium to become inflamed, as this form of arthritis causes your immune system to attack the healthy tissue around your joints. This inflammation can damage other areas of your joint, for example your bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. But an arthroscopy can be used to remove inflamed synovial tissue.  

Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK. It occurs when the cartilage between your joint begins to break down. As your cartilage deteriorates, the bones that form your knee joint can rub together, causing pain and restricted movement. Sometimes, broken cartilage or bone from osteoarthritis or an injury can float in your joint, which can cause your knee to lock and prevent you from being able to completely straighten your knee. An arthroscopy might be recommended to remove any loose cartilage or bone in your joint. 

Moreover, osteoarthritis can impact your nearby bones, causing them to become enlarged in certain areas — these enlargements are referred to as bone spurs and can be treated through arthroscopic surgery.

As mentioned before, arthroscopic knee surgery is performed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon to diagnose and treat your symptoms. If you have suffered an injury that led to immediate pain, swelling or restricted movement in your knee, this could mean that you have torn an area inside your knee, for example a torn ligament or meniscus (cartilage). You could be advised to have an arthroscopy to treat these symptoms.  

An Orthopaedic Surgeon could also advise having a knee arthroscopy, if you are suffering from the following symptoms:  

Your knee locking: Loose cartilage or bone in your joint from osteoarthritis or an injury to your meniscus can cause locking and make it difficult to straighten your knee.  

Your knee giving way: This can be a sign of instability in your knee which can occur following an injury.  

Knee pain: This can affect different areas in your knee. Unfortunately, anterior (front) knee pain will affect around a quarter of the UK population at some point in their lifetime. While pain on the outside of your knee is often caused by iliotibial band syndrome. This is an overuse injury where your iliotibial band (band of tissue in your thigh) rubs against the outside of your joint. 

Swelling: If you have any immediate swelling (up to two hours after an injury or trauma), it might be a symptom of a fracture, a ruptured ligament, or a dislocated patella (kneecap). But swelling that happens gradually (after six to 24 hours) could be due to a torn meniscus. Septic arthritis (an infection of your joint) and inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also cause swelling.  

A popping sound:
If you hear a popping or snapping sound following an injury, this could indicate that you have torn a ligament in your knee. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important that you seek appropriate treatment. Fortunately, many people in the UK seek professional help for knee pain and can manage their pain effectively through effective treatment tailored to their needs. 

According to our Joint Pain Matters 2020 report, which examines the impact of joint pain on the lives of more than 8,000 people in the UK, people with knee pain are more likely to seek professional help than those with any other type of joint pain (for example, elbow pain, hip pain or ankle pain). This could reflect the debilitating impact that knee pain can have on your quality of life. According to Joint Pain Matters, 99% of people with knee pain said their quality of life has been affected by their symptoms.  

Pain can impact your quality of your life by disrupting your sleep, interfering with your productivity at work and restricting your ability to participate in social and family activities. Moreover, coping with pain can take a toll on your mental health. 71% of people with knee pain said their mental health has been affected by their condition. Close to 80% of people with knee pain reported that joint pain had affected their family life, and around 50% of people with knee pain shared that joint pain had impacted their career, romantic relationships and ability to attend social events. 

Although pain can be challenging, there are many effective treatment options available to reduce your pain and help you live an active, fulfilled life.

If you are advised to have arthroscopic knee surgery, your Consultant will explain how to prepare for your procedure, what happens during your surgery and the benefits that are involved. Your Consultant will also discuss your recovery and any rehabilitation that you might need following your surgery.  

As with any surgical procedure, you will be asked to improve your fitness to support your overall health. In addition to improving your fitness, you could be required to make some changes to your lifestyle. These include:  

Quitting smoking: Smoking significantly increases your risk of suffering complications during and following orthopaedic surgery. By avoiding smoking before your procedure, you can minimise your risk of experiencing complications from anaesthesia and delayed wound healing. If you smoke, your Consultant can offer you more information and support on how to quit smoking and when to stop smoking before your arthroscopy.  

Weight loss:
Being overweight can put you at risk of experiencing complications from anaesthesia (this is administered before your arthroscopic surgery). If you are overweight, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will therefore advise losing weight before your procedure. As well as minimising complications from anaesthesia, weight loss can relieve pressure on your joint which, in turn, can alleviate your knee pain. 

Knee exercises: You will be given exercises to do before and after your surgery. These exercises will be explained to you by a Physiotherapist at your chosen hospital. 

Your pre-operative assessment


Prior to your knee arthroscopy, you may be asked to undergo a pre-operative assessment. This will include a general health check where your Consultant or a Nurse will check your urine, weight and blood pressure. You could be asked to bring any medication that you are currently taking and a sample of your urine in a clean container to this assessment.  

During your pre-operative assessment, your Consultant or a Nurse will also perform a blood test and an MRSA swab — this is a simple test that involves rubbing a cotton bud against your skin to check for the presence of MRSA (a type of bacteria). You could be advised to have an X-ray or an echocardiogram (ECG), which is a scan used to examine the condition of your heart. 

If you are administered general anaesthetic before your knee arthroscopy, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery. It is therefore recommended that you do not drive yourself to our hospital. Instead, you can request a family member or friend to drive you to our hospital.  

The do’s and don'ts ahead of your arthroscopy

Things to do 

  • Bring your medication to your surgery and pre-assessment. 
  • Inform your Consultant of any medication that you are taking. 
  • Discuss any concerns that you have with your Consultant.  

Things to avoid

  • If you are wearing any contact lenses, these will need to be removed prior to your surgery.  
  • Avoid wearing any nail varnish or jewellery, as you will be asked to remove these before your operation. 
  • If you were given general anaesthetic, do not drive for at least 24 hours after your operation.

On the day of your arthroscopic knee surgery, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will explain what will happen during your procedure, including the risks, benefits and what to expect after your surgery. Your healthcare team will also check your blood pressure and heart rate. 

What kind of anaesthesia is used during knee arthroscopy?


Although general anaesthesia is usually given before a knee arthroscopy, you could be offered a spinal anaesthetic (an injection in your lower back to numb the bottom part of your body) as an alternative. During your arthroscopic surgery, a local anaesthetic might be injected into your knee to minimise pain following your operation . 

After you are under anaesthetic, a pressure cuff will be placed around your upper thigh to restrict blood flow to your knee. This allows your Orthopaedic Surgeon to have a clearer view of the inside of your knee. 

Afterwards, your surgeon will make three small incisions in the skin on the side of your knee to create portals (holes) in your knee joint. An arthroscope (a thin tube with a camera and a light) is passed through one of these portals in your knee. A saline solution is passed through one of the other portals (holes) in your knee joint. The solution allows the inside of your joint to be seen more clearly. Specalised instruments are then passed into the third portal in your knee to perform your arthroscopic surgery. Your arthroscopic procedure will depend on your diagnosis and can involve removing or trimming any damaged tissue or cartilage. 

There are several arthroscopic knee surgeries, including: 

Arthroscopic (lavage): Arthroscopic lavage, also called an arthroscopic washout, is when your knee joint is flushed with a fluid that is passed through one of the incisions in your knee. This removes any loose tissue or bone. This arthroscopic procedure is often performed with an arthroscopic debridement.  

Arthroscopic debridement: During an arthroscopic debridement, specialised instruments are passed through one of the incisions in your knee to remove any damaged or loose cartilage or bone in your joint. 

Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy: An arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) is the most common knee procedure performed in the UK. It refers to the partial removal of a torn meniscus.  

Meniscectomy: This refers to the complete surgical removal of a torn meniscus.  

How long does a knee arthroscopy take?


An arthroscopy can take between 30 minutes to two hours to perform. But this will depend on the type of procedure that you have. You will usually be able to return home the same day of your surgery, or the following day.

After your arthroscopic knee surgery, your incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches, which can take between two to six weeks to dissolve, or non-dissolvable stitches that will need to be removed after about 10 to 12 days.  

If your stitches need to be removed, your Consultant will arrange a follow-up appointment to remove them. Small dressings will be placed over these stitches and your knee will be bandaged by your Consultant. It is important that you keep these dressings dry and clean until your incisions have completely healed. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will explain how to keep your wounds clean.  

Following your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room in our hospital. A Nurse will monitor your blood pressure and temperature and offer you a drink or food. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will ask about the level of pain you are in and offer pain relief through injections or tablets, if needed.  

If a local anaesthetic was injected into your knee during your surgery, this can provide pain relief for around four to six hours following your operation. It is normal to experience pain, swelling or discomfort after your arthroscopy. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will give you pain relief medication to take home to support your recovery.  
 
Before you leave our hospital, a Physiotherapist will offer you a programme of specific exercises to perform at home. Your Physiotherapist will guide you through these exercises to ensure that you are performing them correctly and safely. These physiotherapy exercises after an arthroscopy will help strengthen your knee, improve your movement and support your return to your daily activities. Your exercise plan will be tailored to your post-surgery needs and requirements. It could include knee flexion (bending) or knee extension (straightening) exercises. 

Your knee arthroscopy recovery timeline


You will be able to eat and drink shortly following your arthroscopic surgery. You should also be able to walk after your surgery, but you might need crutches to support you. Your Consultant will advise that you avoid long walks or standing for prolonged periods. If you need to climb any stairs, it is recommended that you go up on the step with your good knee first and then down with your treated knee.  

After 24 hours following your surgery, you can shower or bathe as the effects of your anaesthetic will have worn off. However, you will need to keep the dressings over your wounds dry and might require some assistance to help you shower or bathe. If your dressings do become wet, you will need to place new dressings over your wounds. You should avoid touching your wounds to prevent an infection. Before you leave our hospital, your healthcare team Consultant will explain how to look after your wounds, including what to do if your dressings become wet. 

When can you return to work after a knee arthroscopy?


Your return to work after an arthroscopy will depend on your profession and the requirements of your role. If you have an office job, where you spend most of your day sitting down, you should be able to return to work a week after your arthroscopic knee surgery. But if your role is more physically demanding, you might need to avoid working for up to two weeks.  

Your return to sport after a knee arthroscopy


You should avoid playing sport until the swelling in your joint has gone and your knee is strong enough for you to comfortably exercise with it. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon and Physiotherapist will be able to advise on when it is best for you to return to playing sport.  

How soon can you drive after knee arthroscopy?


If you have been given general anaesthetic, you will not be able to drive or use any machinery for at least 24 hours after your surgery. After an arthroscopic procedure, you should refrain from driving until the pain or swelling in your knee has resolved and you have regained complete movement. 

The complete recovery time for an arthroscopy of the knee will vary depending on your condition and the arthroscopic procedure(s) used during your surgery. You might need to have a follow up to appointment with your Orthopaedic Surgeon after two and six weeks following your arthroscopy. At these appointments, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will remove any stitches (if non-dissolvable stitches were used to close your incisions) and examine how your wounds are healing. They will look at how your knee is moving and if further physiotherapy sessions are needed. They will also work with your Physiotherapist at our hospital to support your recovery. 

As with any surgery, there are risks that can occur following your arthroscopy. The risks and complications that are associated with arthroscopic knee surgery include:  

Infection: If you do suffer an infection, this can be treated with antibiotics.  

A blood clot: As you will be able to move around after your surgery, there is a low risk of developing a blood clot.  

Scarring: You could have small scars where your incisions were made, but these should become less obvious with time.  

Swelling:
Although it is common to experience swelling in your knee after an arthroscopy, this swelling should only last for up to three weeks.  

Haemarthrosis (bleeding): Haemarthrosis refers to bleeding in your joint after an arthroscopy. It can cause discomfort and pain but your Consultant can treat this by aspirating the blood in your knee joint (using a small needle and a syringe to remove the blood in your joint).

What does a knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) look for?


An arthroscopy allows an Orthopaedic Surgeon to examine the inside of your knee. It can help diagnose and treat the cause of your symptoms.  

How long does it take to perform a knee arthroscopy?

In most cases, a knee arthroscopy can take less than an hour to perform. However, this will depend on your diagnosis and the arthroscopic procedures that are used to perform your surgery.  

What happens after my surgery?


After your arthroscopic surgery, a dressing will be placed over your knee to minimise swelling. Your healthcare team will check if you can lift your treated leg off the hospital bed with a straight knee. If you can do this following your operation, you will be encouraged to get up from your hospital bed and walk around. But if you need support with walking, you might be given crutches.  

How long will I need to stay in hospital after a knee arthroscopy?


 You will usually be able to go home the same day. Sometimes, you could be required to stay overnight but this will depend on your recovery.   

When can my family or friends visit me at the hospital after my surgery?


Whether any family member or friends can visit you at your hospital will depend on your chosen hospital. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have placed restrictions on visitors to help protect our patients and staff. If you wish to invite any friends or family the hospital, you can discuss this with your healthcare team. They can then arrange a time for them to visit you at hospital.  

How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic surgery?


Your recovery following an arthroscopy will depend on your diagnosis and the procedure used to carry out your surgery. It could take up to three months after your surgery to experience an improvement.  

What is the best sleeping position after a knee arthroscopy?

After your operation, you might find it more comfortable to sleep lying on your back or on the side where you did not have your surgery. Placing a pillow in between your legs could make sleeping on your side more comfortable.  

How long does swelling last after an arthroscopy?


Swelling after an arthroscopy could last for a few weeks or more. For the first two days after your surgery, you should keep your leg in a raised position when sitting down to reduce swelling. An ice pack can also help with swelling, but you should wrap this in some cloth first before applying it to your skin. It should not be applied for more than 20 minutes at a time and a one-hour break between each application is recommended.  

How will physiotherapy be used to support my recovery following a knee arthroscopy?

Your Physiotherapist will give you exercises to do before and after your procedure as part of your treatment plan. Recovery exercises after an arthroscopy will include circulation exercises, exercises for your quadriceps (the muscle located in the front of your thigh), knee flexion (bending) exercises and knee extension (straightening) exercises.

You might be asked to repeat these exercises at least four times a day. Knee strengthening exercises can strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee and help expand your iliotibial band (a band of tissue) running down your thigh. While exercises that stretch your quadriceps can boost the flexibility of the muscles located between your hip and knee. Physiotherapy exercises after an arthroscopy can support your recovery and gradual return to your normal activities.  

When can I climb the stairs after a knee arthroscopy?


If you need to climb any stairs after your arthroscopy, you should do this one step at a time while holding onto the handrail to support you. If you need to go up a staircase, step up with your good leg first and use a crutch to step down with your treated leg. But if you need to travel down a staircase, step down with your treated leg and crutch first, and then bring your good leg down.  

Can you walk right after arthroscopic knee surgery?


You should be able to walk following your arthroscopic surgery. A walking aid such a crutch or walking stick might be needed to support you with walking for the first few days after your surgery.  

The cost of having a knee arthroscopy at our hospitals will vary depending on your chosen hospital, diagnosis and the type of procedure that you could need.  

Your initial consultation at one of our hospitals will cost around £200. If your advised to have a knee arthroscopy, your procedure can cost from £4,306. This includes the cost of your initial consultation.  

However, if you are experiencing problems in both your knees, your Orthopaedic specialist could advise having bilateral arthroscopy. A bilateral arthroscopy (an arthroscopy in both knees) can cost around £6,185.  

It is important to note the above prices are only a guide price. Your final arthroscopy cost will be confirmed in writing after your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests. These prices cover the cost of your anaesthesia, surgery and your aftercare.  

At our hospitals, we offer many flexible payment options to help cover the cost of your treatment.  

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Paul Nicolai at BMI St Edmunds Hospital responds to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about having a knee arthroscopy, including how to prepare for your surgery, what to expect during your operation and your recovery timeline. 

Why might I need a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: A knee arthroscopy can be performed to treat meniscal (cartilage) tears, impingement, and plica syndrome. Plica syndrome happens when your plica (folds of synovial membrane that lubricates the lining of your joints) becomes attached to the inner part of your kneecap, causing significant knee pain. A knee arthroscopy can also be carried out to take biopsies (a tissue sample), treat defects in your cartilage, and remove scar tissue. 

What does knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) look for?

Mr Paul Nicolai:  After a diagnosis has been made, a knee arthroscopy is usually performed to treat abnormalities in your knee. A diagnosis is based on your symptoms and a knee examination. This could include an X-ray (a scan that allows your bones to be seen) or MRI (a scan that can show your muscles, joints, nerves and blood vessels). However, an X-ray or a scan might not always show the problems affecting your knee. Instead, sometimes these problems are found while performing your knee arthroscopy. 

Do I need to undergo any tests or assessments before my knee arthroscopy? If so, what will this involve?

Mr Paul Nicolai: The minimum assessment is a detailed history of your symptoms and a knee examination. You might undergo additional tests such as blood tests, X-rays and scans (an ultrasound, MRI or CT scan).

Will I be required to prepare for my knee arthroscopy? If so, what will my knee arthroscopy preparation involve?

Mr Paul Nicolai:  In most cases, knee conditions cause muscle wasting. Therefore, increasing your muscle strength by exercising before your operation helps the recovery process for your surgery. If you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure and diabetes, you will need to ensure these are managed appropriately. You might also have to stop taking blood thinning medication. It is also best to stop smoking before surgery, as this increases your risk of anaesthetic and surgical complications. 

Is knee arthroscopy a major surgery?

Mr Paul Nicolai:  Knee arthroscopy is an intermediate surgery. It is often performed as a day case procedure where patients can walk out of hospital on the same day. In most cases, patients can leave hospital without the support of a walking aid.

What is a knee arthroscopy and how is it performed?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Knee arthroscopy is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, but it can be performed under spinal anaesthesia. At least two small incisions are made (each approximately 5 mm in length) to allow a telescope and instruments to be inserted into your knee joint. Stitches are often not necessary. Instead, steristrips (adhesive strips) and plasters are used to close the wounds. A compressive bandage is applied for the early period after surgery.

What are the different methods used to perform a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: The operative technique that is used will depend on your Surgeon’s preferences, but the basic principle described above remains the same. There is variation in the placement and direction of the incisions, instruments used and wound closure.

How is robotic-arm assisted knee arthroscopy performed?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Robotic arm knee arthroscopy is not a common procedure in the UK. It has been described in the USA, but a robotic arm cannot improve results compared to experienced surgeons.

Which does anaesthesia for a knee arthroscopy involve? How long can it take for the effects of this anaesthetic to wear off?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Knee arthroscopy is usually carried out under general anaesthetic but can be performed under spinal anaesthesia. The anaesthetic’s effects wear off within a few days.

How long does it take to perform a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: The duration of your surgery can vary from about 10 to 45 minutes.

What can I expect after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: After your knee arthroscopy, it is usually recommended that you limit any excessive activity for the first two weeks. Painkillers can help with the pain. Ice and anti-inflammatory medication (when taken safely) can help reduce inflammation. During the first two weeks, the aim of your surgery is to regain knee movements and be able to walk short distances. After this time period, you can increase your activities. However, this will depend on your pain and inflammation. It can take about a week for your wounds to heal and six weeks for the inflammation to settle. It will take around three months for your muscles to strengthen completely.

How long will I need to stay in hospital after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: A knee arthroscopy is usually a day case procedure, meaning you go home the same day of your surgery.

Can I eat and drink after my surgery?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Patients can eat and drink within a few hours of surgery.

Can you walk right after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Mr Paul Nicolai: In most cases, walking is possible after knee arthroscopy. But for procedures such as meniscal repair, you might need to use crutches to avoid bearing weight on your treated leg.

When can I return to work after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: This depends on your profession, but you could return to work after about two weeks in most cases.

When can I return to sport after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: You might be able to resume low impact sports, such as swimming or cycling, after two to four weeks. High impact sports could be resumed after six to eight weeks. This will depend on the condition that is treated and your recovery.

When can I climb the stairs after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Stairs can usually be climbed immediately after the operation.

How long does pain last after a knee arthroscopy?

Mr Paul Nicolai: There will be some moderate pain and discomfort after a knee arthroscopy. A local anaesthetic is often injected into your knee at the end of the operation to reduce pain. Painkillers, anti-inflammatory medication and ice can all be used to control any pain and discomfort.

When can my family or friends visit me at the hospital after my surgery?

Mr Paul Nicolai: Family and friends can visit within a few hours after surgery.

How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery?

Mr Paul Nicolai: It can take a week for your wounds to heal, six weeks for any inflammation to settle and three months for complete muscle recovery.

What will my rehabilitation after a knee arthroscopy involve?

Mr Paul Nicolai: After your knee arthroscopy, a Physiotherapist can help by sharing exercises to help you regain movement in your knee and strengthen your muscles. They will also demonstrate how to perform these exercises.    

Which physiotherapy equipment will be used during my sessions?

Mr Paul Nicolai: It is often the case that no physiotherapy equipment is necessary, but elastic resistance bands can be used to help with muscle strengthening. A cooling sleeve or ice packs can help relieve any inflammation. 

For further information about physiotherapy sessions to support your recovery after knee surgery or to improve your knee pain, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

If you are struggling with knee problems, our hospitals can provide you with fast access to high-quality care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists including Orthopaedic Surgeons, Radiographers, Physiotherapists and more will work with you to investigate your symptoms and create a personalised treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.  

You will be supported at every step of your healthcare journey, from your diagnosis to your recovery following an arthroscopy. With more than 50 hospitals and 4,000 specialists located across the UK, getting help for your symptoms is easier than you might think.  

If you would like to learn more, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

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