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Knee Arthroscopy


If you have persistent pain, catching or swelling in your knee, a procedure known as Athroscopy may help relieve these problems.

Arthroscopy allows an Orthopaedic Surgeon to diagnose and treat knee disorders by providing a clear view of the inside of the knee with small incisions, using a pencil sized instrument called an arthroscope. The scope contains optic fibres that transmit an image of your knee through a small camera to a television monitor.

The image made by the fibre optics allows the surgeon to thoroughly examine the interior of your knee and determine the source of your problem.

During the procedure the Surgeon can also insert surgical instruments through other small incisions in your knee to remove or repair damaged tissue.

 

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Modern or contemporary Arthroscopy of the knee was first performed in the late 1960's. With improvements of arthroscopes and higher resolution cameras, the procedure has become highly effective for both the accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of knee problems.

Today, Arthroscopy is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures. More than 1.5 million knee arthroscopies are performed in this country every year.

Whether you have just started exploring treatment options for your problem knee, or have already decided with your orthopaedic surgeon to have an Arthroscopy, this website and any documentation OPS forward to you will help you understand more about this valuable procedure.


How the Normal Knee Works


The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. It is made up of the lower end of the thigh bone (Femur) and the upper end of the shin bone ( Tibia) and the knee cap (Patella), which slides in a groove on the end of the femur.

Four bands of tissue, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, and the medial and lateral collateral ligaments connect the femur and the tibia and provide joint stability. Strong thigh muscles give the knee strength and mobility.

The surfaces where the femur, tibia and patella touch are covered with articular cartildge, a smooth substance that cushions the bones and enables them to glide freely. Semi-circular rings of tough fibrous-Cartildge tissue called the lateral and medial menisci act as shock absorbers and stabilisers. The bones of the knee are surrounded by a thin, smooth tissue capsule lined by a thin synovial membrane which releases a special fluid that lubricates the knee, reducing friction to nearly zero in a healthy knee.

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We a group of Orthopaedic surgeons (OPS) have established an Orthopaedic consortium in the United Kingdom. We believe the consortium can offer a package to the patients requiring total knee and total hip replacement and other day surgery procedures.

Our team is a quality driven group of consultants, licensed to practise, accredited and certified Orthopaedic surgeons by the senate of surgical colleges of England and Ireland.

Our ability to deliver excellent care and surgical skills is regularly reviewed under guidance of clinical governance and clinical audit.

 


Some Frequently Asked Questions


Knee Problems?

Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat many of these problems?

Is Arthoscopy for you?

Evaluation of Your Knee?

Preparing for Surgery?

Your Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?

 

 

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