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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about knee arthroscopy. Learn about how the surgery works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the surgery is done, view our procedure animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
Knee arthroscopy is used to investigate and treat a variety of knee problems that haven’t responded to more conservative measures.
More than 100,000 arthroscopies are performed in Australia every year. Recently, doubts have been raised about the long-term benefits of the procedure, which isn't without risks. However, for conditions like meniscus and ligament repair, it’s still considered highly effective.
Signs you need knee arthroscopy
Your doctor may recommend it because of:
- Torn cartilage or cartilage loss
- A torn meniscus
- A torn ligament
- Damage to the lining of the joint
- A loose fragment in the joint
- Tight structures on the side of the kneecap
- Damage to the kneecap
Treatments to consider before opting for surgery
Non-surgical options that may delay the need for knee arthroscopy.
Results vs risks of surgery
The benefits and potential complications of knee arthroscopy.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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