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Arthroscopy Knee

Knee arthroscopy (also called keyhole surgery) is a technique used by surgeons to be able to see inside the knee to identify any problems. An arthroscope (small camera) is inserted into the knee via small incisions in the knee. By using this method which is less invasive than full surgery your surgeon can address problems with the cartilage, ligaments or arthritis.

An arthroscopy will not only allow your surgeon to assess the problem but also in many cases allow them to deal with it at the same time. A variety of anaesthetics are available with this procedure.

There are however alternatives to surgery for some injuries and our experienced consultants will discuss these with you after initial examination. It may be possible to diagnose and treat the problem via a physical examination and with the help of physiotherapy have you back to full fitness without the need for surgery.

If surgery is necessary the operation should take no longer than three quarters of an hour and will involve the internal examination of the knee which will be washed out to remove any loose material caused by the injury.

Rehabilitation in most cases will be a few weeks with some discomfort felt in the early stages. With the correct exercise regime full fitness should be resumed as soon as possible.


In each individual case it is important to have a full discussion with your surgeon on the first visit so they can advise on the best route back to full fitness.

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551