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‘Key Hole’

Knee Arthroscopy

Have you injured your knee or developed a painful knee?


‘Keyhole’ Knee Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that can be used to manage many conditions affecting the knee.

An Knee arthroscopy is a procedure whereby the knee is visualised and a procedure performed, via tiny incisions in the skin. Through one of the ‘portals’ that is created through a 4-5mm incision, a specialised tiny camera is inserted into the joint to allow direct visualisation of the anatomy and any conditions that require treatment. A further ‘portal’ is used to pass specialised instruments inside the joint to manage the specific condition.


What are the benefit of performing minimally invasive knee surgery?

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Rapid Rehabilitation

Minimal Scars

Early Recovery and return to function

Minimal Bleeding

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What Knee conditions can be managed via keyhole arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy has revolutionised orthopaedic surgery. There are many orthopaedic conditions where knee arthroscopy plays a role in the treatment

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Partial Meniscectomy 

meniscus tear is one of the most common reasons for performing a knee arthroscopy. In a partial meniscectomy, the unstable torn part of the meniscus tear is removed through this keyhole day procedure. Rapid rehabilitation follows.


Meniscal Repair 

When possible, the meniscus tear is repaired using an arthroscopic technique. This typically results in the use of small sutures and anchor configuration to re-establish the meniscus function. Depending on the location of the tear, this may require the use of crutches and/or a brace after the repair is performed.


ACL Reconstruction

An ACL reconstruction uses a knee arthroscopy as part of the procedure. The reconstruction itself is performed via keyhole arthroscopy. A separate incision is required to harvest the ACL graft from either a hamstring tendon, or part of the patella tendon.


Management of cartilage Loss

There are various techniques used to ‘restore’ cartilage to the knee. The majority of these include a knee arthroscopy to assess and manage the cartilage defect.




Do you have a meniscus tear?


Symptoms of a meniscus tear

Do you have any of these

Sharp pain made worse by twisting a pivoting movements

‘Catching’ and ‘Locking’ of you knee joint

Restriction in full movement of your knee

Persistent swelling (effusion)




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