Many acute and chronic conditions of the knee (cartilage or meniscus tears, ligament injuries, loose bodies) are amenable to arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. Symptoms of such injuries can include catching, clicking, locking, giving way, swelling or pain at the inner or outer aspect of the knee joint.
Knee Arthroscopy surgery is a day-case surgical procedure. Under an appropriate anaesthetic (usually general anaesthesia), 2 small incisions are made at the front of the knee (one on each side of the knee, just below the level of the knee cap). These “keyholes” allow for a telescopic camera as well as various telescopic instruments to be delicately inserted into the knee joint. The interior of the knee and the surgical procedure itself is visualised on television monitors. Because the telescopic camera and instruments are so small, regions of the knee that could not normally be seen during “open” surgery are able to be seen and reached during arthroscopic surgery.
During knee arthroscopy surgery, the interior of the knee is continually flushed using saline solution. Many injuries/conditions of the knee can be readily addressed. Meniscus and cartilage tears can be addressed – either repaired or trimmed and loose bodies can be removed. Arthroscopy is an integral part of other operations of the knee, such as ACL reconstruction, High tibial osteotomy and patellofemoral stabilisation surgery.
In most situations, full weightbearing and walking is allowed immediately after knee arthroscopy. Physiotherapy is commenced at an early stage, usually on the day of surgery – a physiotherapist will usually see you before you go home.
Post operative appointments are made for 12-14 days following surgery. These appointments need to be conducted at Dr Doneley’s Office. Please leave waterproof dressings intact until this appointment. Details of your appointment will be advised by phone and text message in the days following your procedure. Please contact the rooms if you have any concerns prior to your scheduled appointment.
Dr Doneley is a subspecialist lower limb (knee and hip) surgeon who undertakes high volumes of knee arthroscopy procedures. He aims to achieve a thorough understanding of what is occurring inside the knee prior to considering any form of surgical intervention. This requires a complete physical assessment, examination of the knee and review of x-rays and other scans (MRI). If the underlying condition is amenable to keyhole surgery, then arthroscopy can be very successful at addressing many painful conditions and restoring stability, motion and function.
For further information regarding knee arthroscopy surgery, please see the following sections:
If you wish to discuss your knee condition further, please contact Dr Doneley’s rooms to make an appointment. Dr Doneley is able to facilitate short notice appointments should you require urgent care.