Knee ‘Keyhole’ Surgery (arthroscopic surgery)
Keyhole surgery in the knee allows internal assessment of the knee. Two small portals are made on either side of the knee, allowing a fibre-optic camera to be passed into the knee and an instrument to carry out any necessary work. This procedure has both a diagnostic and therapeutic value. It allows; cartilage flaps to be debrided (chondroplasty), microfracture, removal of loose fragments, meniscal work, ligament reconstruction, removal of pathological plicae and assessment of wear and tear within the knee.
The wounds will heal in 7 days when the stitches are removed and recovery is dependent upon what work is carried out within the knee. Mr Patel does not use a tourniquet, which helps with post-operative rehabilitation and pain control.