Knee arthroscopy involves looking inside the knee with a camera through two small key hole incisions. It can be therapeutic as well as diagnostic.
Although an MRI scan is often used to assess knee problems or injuries, it cannot assess articular cartilage as accurately as an arthroscopy. Commonly performed procedures at the time of arthroscopic assessment include meniscal repair or debridement, chondral debridement and micro-fracture, loose body removal and division of troublesome plicae.
Arthroscopy is performed as a day case procedure. After your operation in the morning you are discharged home by the afternoon, walking with the help of crutches. Depending on the procedure performed and the exertional requirements of your job, you are only likely to need between one to two weeks off work.
Arthroscopy is not only useful in the management of sports injuries in active patients, but also in the assessment and treatment of knee pain in the more mature patient who is not yet ready for a knee replacement.
As a keen triathlete I understand the importance of regular exercise to your mental well being. An arthroscopy may be all that is required to treat your knee, and get you back to the activities that you enjoy.