Arthroscopic meniscectomy

Keyhole surgery to remove damaged cartilage in the knee

A torn meniscus is a common, painful knee injury that can be improved with a minimally invasive procedure

What is a meniscectomy?

Damage to the cushioning cartilage within the knee (meniscus) can happen at any age.

A meniscectomy is a key hole procedure to remove the damaged part of this cartilage.

This procedure aims to reduce pain and swelling in the knee and improve function.

Need to know

  • What happens during a meniscectomy? icon plus

    The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Using a keyhole surgery technique called arthroscopy, a tiny camera is inserted into a small cut made at the front of your knee. This lets your surgeon see and remove the damaged area of cartilage. The entire operation takes around 30 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Before the procedure, your consultant will suggest a MRI to examine your knee and decide the best procedure for you.

    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. When surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, the team will let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there are risks and side effects may be encountered. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. You may need to use crutches for several days after you leave hospital. Your consultant will tell you when you can start bearing weight on your knee again.

    They may also recommend some exercises to help to build strength back in your knee. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

Our orthopaedic knee consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in problems and conditions of the knee, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex knee surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a knee appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced knee consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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