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Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that aims to handle the medical issues in the knee. Knee arthroscopy is an orthopedic procedure. Orthopedists make small incisions rather than big ones, during the procedure. While performing the knee arthroscopy, surgeons use a medical tool called arthroscopy, which involves a tiny camera to see the incision site. Due to the use of arthroscopy, the operation has a very short recovery period, and the risk for the side effects are less.


Knee arthroscopy is performed to identify the problem in the knee and if it is possible to deal with knee injuries. If it is not possible for the doctors to identify the problem without the operation for the patients who are suffering from knee pain and abnormal changes in their knees, these patients can be suitable for knee arthroscopy. The following conditions can be identified and dealt with by performing a knee arthroscopy:
• torn meniscus 
• Cysts in one’s knee 
• Fractures appearing in the knee bones 
• Torn cartilage pieces 
And many others.

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If the patient is suffering from knee problems, and if doctors are not able to recognize the problem by physical examination, it is most likely that the patient will need an arthroscopic knee surgery done.


How many trips do I need to take abroad to complete the procedure? 

You will need 1 trip abroad to complete the whole procedure, and follow up with your local doctor. 


How long should you stay in the hospital after the surgery? 

Overnight stay is not required


30 to 60 minutes


How many days should I travel/stay abroad to do the treatment?

2 to 3 days


Since knee arthroscopy is not a severely invasive method, there is no need for advanced preparation. However, you should tell your doctor about your medical conditions and the medications you have been using. Also, a couple of days before the knee arthroscopy operation, you should stop taking medications with blood-thinning qualities such as aspirin. In addition, before the operation, you need to fast for a couple of hours.


Knee arthroscopy is a relatively easy orthopedic practice. While performing knee arthroscopy, surgeons make small cuts, and a certain amount of saline water is pumped inside so as to get a better sight of the patient’s joints.Then, the arthroscope is put into the incision, and orthopedist starts to look for sources of patient's knee problems. Then, if the problem encountered is treatable on the spot, orthopedist operates it.


The recovery period of knee arthroscopy does not last for too long. Once the operation is completed, you can leave the hospital, but you should not be driving. For a couple of days after the operation, you should not move very often, so it is better to have somebody taking care of you. After that, the knee rehabilitation period begins. However, the recovery period is depended on the type of knee problem that was dealt with during surgery.


Arthroscopic knee surgery has several risks and complications.These are of dual nature. In any kind of invasive surgery, there are complications and risks involved, such as excessive bleeding and infections. Also, knee arthroscopy has some specific complications and risks which are nerve and muscle damage, accumulation of blood in the patient’s knee or formation of a blood clot. However, these complications do not frequently occur during the operation.


After the operation, most of the patients experience excessive pain and swelling in the operated area. However, pain can be eased with the help of the painkillers and the application of ice.


If the operation is performed in order to identify the problem in the knee- as a diagnostic procedure, most of the time it is completed successfully. If the operation is performed to deal with the knee injuries, there are several success rates involved -since there is a variety of different knee problems such as the torn meniscus, problems with knee ligaments and the other conditions which necessitate arthroscopic knee surgery.


After the surgery, the patient should not neglect the importance of proper rehabilitation since it fastens the recovery period and increases the patient’s life quality.


What is Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy surgery is performed with the use of arthroscopy and tiny tools in order to identify and struggle with the problems of the patient’s knee.

What is the Difference between Knee Arthroscopy and other Knee Surgeries? 
The main difference is the size of surgical intervention – in the case of knee arthroscopy, incisions are minimal thanks to using the arthroscope, while in classical knee surgeries incisions are much bigger and therefore – harder to heal after. 

Will I Have to Stay in Hospital after Knee Arthroscopy? 
Knee arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure. Therefore, you can leave the hospital when the operation is completed, and the anesthesia wears off. However, someone should assist you in the home.


Depends on the knee problem and one’s rehabilitation progress


Depends on the knee problem and one’s rehabilitation progress


This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.