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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.

Cost indicator

Discover the typical out-pocket costs HCF members can expect to pay for knee arthroscopy, and learn how your choice of doctor and hospital affect that cost. 

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Learn about knee arthroscopy

Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions. This short animation shows how it can be used to repair tears in the meniscus. 

The basics


Knee arthroscopy is used to investigate and treat a variety of knee problems.

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 effective.

Signs you may need knee arthroscopy

Your doctor may recommend it because of:

  • a torn ligament
  • damage to the lining of the joint
  • a loose fragment in the joint
  • tight tissues on the side of the kneecap.

The details

Considering surgery

Treatments to consider before opting for surgery

Non-surgical options that may delay the need for knee arthroscopy.
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Results vs risks of surgery

The benefits and potential complications of knee arthroscopy.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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Questions for your surgeon and anaesthetist

What you should be asking before going ahead with surgery. 
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Preparing for surgery

Pre-operative tests and planning ahead for your recovery.
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Your anaesthestic options

The types of anaesthetic you may be offered.
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Your surgery

Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your procedure.
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Types of knee arthroscopy

How arthroscopy may be used to treat knee problems.
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Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.
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Recovery and aftercare

After surgery

What to expect during your hospital stay and when you get home.
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Exercise and monitoring

Explore your rehab options to decide what's right for you.
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Caring for your knee

Practical advice on looking after your knee after surgery.
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Patient experiences

HCF members who've had knee arthroscopy talk about their preparation, hospital stay and recovery.
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Living with osteoarthritis

A large number of knee arthroscopes are due to osteoarthritis. These short videos provide personal insights into managing the condition. 
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