Keyhole surgery

Keyhole or arthroscopic knee surgery

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The most common reason for Dr Negus to perform knee arthroscopy surgery is for a torn meniscus. This is commonly known as a torn cartilage.

There are 2 menisci in the knee and they are called the medial (inside of the knee) and the lateral (outside of the knee). They sit in the middle of the knee joint and act as shock absorbers but they can be torn with injury. This can cause a catching or locking sensation in the knee as well as pain. The arthroscopy involves making 2 to 3 small incisions at the front of the knee through which Dr Negus will insert a small telescope and camera as well as the keyhole instruments used to repair or remove the damaged cartilage.

If the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is torn, this will have been discussed beforehand and the procedure is described here – ACL reconstruction surgery.