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Specialties: Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is used to investigate what is causing your knee problems, and to treat a variety of knee conditions. Doctors use arthroscopy to diagnose problems such as arthritis and inflammation, and also use it to repair damaged tissue and cartilage. It's also used to take small tissue samples (biopsies), which can help with diagnosing things like infections.

Knee arthroscopy is performed through small cuts in your skin, using a special video camera (arthroscope) attached to a video monitor. Compared with open surgery, arthroscopy is less painful, carries less risk of infection, and has a faster recovery time.

Preparing for Your Operation

Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. For example if you smoke you will be asked to stop, as smoking increases your risk of getting a wound infection and slows your recovery.

The operation is usually done as a day case under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure.

If you're having general anesthesia, you will be asked to follow fasting instructions. Typically you must not eat or drink for about six hours beforehand.

At the hospital your nurse will explain how you will be cared for during your stay. Your nurse may check your heart rate and blood pressure, and test your urine.

Your surgeon will usually ask you to sign a consent form. This confirms that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure and have given your permission for it to go ahead.

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