Knee arthroscopy may be performed under local or general anaesthesia. Your doctor will explain which is the best option for you and why. The procedure involves making several small incisions in the knee to insert the arthroscope (camera). Saline solution will be used to expand the area which will allow the surgeon a better view of the knee joint. The repair work will also be done through these incisions. When the surgeon is done, the area is drained of saline.
Recovery period for knee arthroscopy
As knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery time after knee arthroscopy is shorter compared to open surgery, with light activity possible in 1-3 weeks. The exact time it takes to fully recover depends on the procedure and may differ from person to person, but you will most likely be able to resume your normal daily activities after 6-8 weeks.
Your doctor will advise you on home care which may include the following advice:
- Change the dressing regularly, as directed, to prevent infection
- Keep your leg elevated for several days after surgery
- Relieve pressure on the knee joint by using crutches
- Get sufficient rest
- Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and pain
- Take pain medication as directed