Arthroscopic meniscectomy

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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

About

Damage to the cartilage within the knee (meniscus) can happen at any age. A meniscectomy or partial meniscectomy removes all or part of this damaged cartilage, reducing pain and swelling in the knee and improving range of movement.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    The procedure can be done under general or local anaesthetic, depending on the extent of the damage to your knee. Your surgeon will determine the best approach for you and make sure you're as comfortable as possible during the operation.

    Using a keyhole surgery technique called arthroscopy, a tiny telescope attached to a 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 may suggest several tests, including an X-ray or 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. If your surgery will be done under general anaesthetic, they will let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking before surgery.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

  • Afterwards 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.

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

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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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