Knee arthroscopy is an extremely commonly performed surgical procedure and may be used as an investigation of a knee problem or to perform an intervention such as a meniscus or a ligament repair. Knee arthroscopy is generally a day procedure and patients are most often discharged the same day as their operation, generally with a pair of crutches, which are used for a day or two.
The procedure causes relatively little pain as it necessitates only two small incisions in the knee in order to gain access to the knee joint for the surgical tools. Post-operatively patients will be seen by a physiotherapist and will be shown some basic knee strengthening exercises as well as some range of movement exercises.
Patients are also advised to have one or two sessions of physiotherapy post-operatively to progress their rehabilitation. Generally this physiotherapy entails progression of quadriceps strengthening exercises and ensuring that patients regain their full range of knee movement. After a meniscectomy (meniscus repair), which often accompany a knee arthroscopy it’s essential that patient’s work hard on achieving maximum knee bending and straightening. Classically, where a knee meniscus has been damaged it is painful at the extremes of each of these movements. It’s therefore likely that preceding the operation, patients have been avoiding both fully straightening or fully bending their knees. It’s essential that these movements are restored post-op for an optimum outcome.