Knee Arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to diagnose and treat many causes of knee pain.

Knee pain, instability, and stiffness can result from multiple problems including ruptured ligaments, a torn meniscus cartilage, loose bone fragments, joint surface damage and other medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, and infection. To diagnose and treat various causes of knee pain, a knee arthroscopy is often indicated.

Knee arthroscopy is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and injury. With the arthroscope, your surgeon can look directly into your knee allowing them to make a more accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment option for you.

Knee arthroscopy with Clearpoint Health

Patients from across Canada and all over the world choose Clearpoint Health’s private medical clinics for private arthroscopic knee surgery. Our teams of board-certified subspecialty orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performing arthroscopic knee surgeries. Discover options for Canadian private healthcare with Clearpoint Health. We’re a network of private medical clinics across Canada, with medical centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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Reasons for a Knee Arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:

  • A torn meniscus: cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee
  • A damaged anterior cruciate or posterior cruciate ligament
  • An inflamed or damaged lining of the knee joint
  • Misalignment of the kneecap
  • Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
  • Treatment of Baker’s cyst: a fluid-filled, swelling behind the knee
  • Certain fractures of the bones of the knee

What to expect with a Knee Arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy procedure can take up to over an hour, depending on how much work the surgeon needs to do inside the knee joint. Sterile fluid will be pumped into your joint to help produce a clearer picture and then a surgeon inserts a fibre-optic video camera, or arthroscope, through a small incision which transmits the view inside the joint to a video monitor.

The surgeon will examine the knee joint and, if necessary, repair any damage or remove material that interferes with movement or causes pain in your knee. Afterward, the fluid is drained out and the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips. A dressing and a bandage are then wrapped around the knee.

The length of the recovery will depend on the severity of the injuries treated.

Next steps: Book your knee arthroscopy consultation

If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board-certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Pre and post-operative care
  • Potential risks and complications