Arthroscopy (Telescope or Scope)of the Knee
Aim of Surgery
An arthroscopy allows Mr Lavender to see inside and assess your knee. It provides more information than scans as the knee can be moved while looking at and probing the different parts of the inside of your knee.
At the same time as assessing the inside of your knee Mr Lavender can perform many different procedures on your knee. These vary from the simple removal of torn cartilages (menisci) to complex the stimulation of new articular cartilage.
Mr Lavender will explain before your surgery what he expects to find, what procedure he expects to do and what rehabilitation will be required after the surgery.
– This is not normally required unless there are specific problems with your general health
Contraceptive Pill (OCP):
– It is up to you
– If you wish to stop this for 6 weeks before your surgery and use a different form of contraception that is acceptable
– If you do not wish to stop using the OCP then please tell us when you come in for your surgery and we will give you an injection while you are asleep to help prevent you getting a blood clot in your leg
Scratches / Cuts
– If you have any scratches, cuts or the like on your leg when you are admitted for surgery then your operation may be postponed if Mr Lavender believes that these will pose a risk to you getting an infection at the time of your surgery
– Mr Lavender will come and see you when you arrive. He will get you to sign a form (Consent Form) agreeing to the operation and explain the risks of the surgery
– Normally, your surgery will be done as a day case, being admitted and discharged on the same day. You will require:
– To be brought to hospital by car
– To be taken home by car
– Someone to be in the house on the night of the operation
– A telephone at home
– You can walk with all your weight on the operated leg as soon as the anaesthetic wears off
– It is rare for you to need a pair of crutches
– The physiotherapists will teach you exercises to do before you go home.
– Mr Lavender usually uses stitches to close the two / three small holes in the skin. They are usually removed after 7 days when you come to see Mr Lavender in the out patients department
– You are able to drive after 24 hours unless Mr Lavender advises otherwise
– Rest for the first week or two allows the knee to settle quicker
– Mr Lavender will provide a sick note if required
– This can be done when you feel comfortable
– You are not allowed to fly for 6 weeks following your surgery, due to the risk of blood clots in your legs
– This depends on what procedure Mr Lavender carries out. He will advise you before you go home and again at your follow up appointment
Mr Lavender will normally see you at 2 weeks after the operation to explain what he has done and what he expects in the future