Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Yip

What is arthroscopic knee surgery (keyhole surgery)?

It is usually a day case surgical procedure in which the inside of the knee is examined with a camera inserted through small cuts in the skin (usually one cut on each side of the knee cap). In most cases, performing the corrective surgery at the same time can solve the problem. In some cases further operation may be required.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Yip

When should I have an arthroscopy?

In the majority of cases, surgery for torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), torn meniscus, removal of a loose piece of bone, biopsy and articular cartilage lesions can be performed using special instruments. The advantage of arthroscopic surgery over conventional surgery is less pain and usually quicker recovery.

Investigation required before surgery

At times, clinical examination would be sufficient to identify the problem. However, sometimes we may need to do some investigation to ascertain the root cause.

  • a magnetic scan (MRI) to ascertain the problem affecting the knee.
  • an x-ray of the knee joint may be needed.
  • in some cases a simple blood test and ECG (tracing of heart) may be required.

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