Knee arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery which allows your surgeon to look inside your knee. The surgery is used to help diagnose and treat problems within the knee.

Who is suitable for a knee arthroscopy?

Patients offered knee arthroscopy usually suffer from mechanical symptoms such as locking, giving way or instability. Pain alone is not usually a sufficient reason. Underlying conditions such as meniscal tears, loose fragments, arthritis or ligament injuries may be responsible. 

What does a knee arthroscopy involve?

A knee arthroscopy is performed as keyhole surgery, usually under general anaesthetic or at times a spinal or local anaesthetic. The surgery usually takes around an hour. During the surgery, your surgeon will place a camera and surgical instrument(s) inside your knee. Most times this involves two small incisions but occasionally further incisions are required to remove loose cartilage/bone, remove or repair any damaged tissues and drain excess fluid.

What is the recovery period?

The recovery period for a knee arthroscopy depends on various factors including your age, fitness level prior to your surgery and surgical procedure performed. Most patients can go home the same day, but occasionally need to stay overnight.

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.

Hospital package from £3,255

Indicative consultant fees from £600 

Our daycase hospital package includes: 

  • Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray 
  • Light meals
  • Nursing
  • Ward medications and dressings
  • Theatre procedure and anesthetics
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, pathology, occupational therapy, surgical stockings and crutches 
  • Post-op and discharge medication 
  • Overnight accommodation in a private en-suite room is provided if required, at an increased package price 
  • Consultant consultation fee 
  • Consultant procedure fee 
  • Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests
  • Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions

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