Knee Arthroscopy

The knee joint is a hinge joint between the top of the shin bone (tibia) and bottom of thigh bone (femur) – these and the two biggest components of the knee joint. There is another joint in the knee in between the kneecap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur). This is known as the patello-femoral joint.

There are two main types of cartilage in the knee:

1) Articular cartilage – This is the hard-wearing smooth cartilage that lines the bones of the joints to enable free movement with minimal friction. Depending on the amount and severity of damage it might be possible to deal with the issue with knee arthroscopy initially. If the damage to this cartilage is significant, it implies that you have severe osteoarthritis (kindly refer to the section on knee osteoarthritis and total knee replacement).

2) Meniscus – This is a specialised type of shock absorbing cartilage that is located towards the periphery of the knee joint.

The meniscus could be damaged or torn because of trauma to the knee from twisting, falling, jumping, being tackled etc. It may also be damaged during normal wear and tear as part of the aging process.

Once all non-operative treatment options have been exhausted and based on the type, location and severity of damage to either the articular cartilage or meniscus you might benefit from keyhole surgery – knee arthroscopy. This might involve any of the following procedures:

  • Meniscal repair – repair of meniscus
  • Partial meniscectomy – excision of parts of meniscus that cannot be repaired
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Chondroplasty – smoothening of damaged articular cartilage
  • Microfracture – cartilage regeneration procedure

These are a largely successful and safe operations that are routinely performed as day case operations in patients with knee cartilage or soft tissue problems. Knee arthroscopy has lower risk of complications than traditional surgery and usually results in less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery.

The benefits of having knee arthroscopic surgery are:

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced mechanical symptoms (locking, catching, giving way) in the knee
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved quality of life

If you think you may benefit from knee arthroscopy, please don’t hesitate to Enquire Now so that we can arrange a consultation.

Highly Experienced

I am an experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with 22 years of experience working as an NHS doctor and as a consultant since 2018.

Qualified Surgeon

I attained my higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and have also done two prestigious fellowships in lower limb arthroplasty.

Hi-Tech Equipment

All my operations are carried out at first class facilities with hi-tech equipment so you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality treatment.

Ongoing Patient Care

All my patients receive the best care possible, including consultations with myself before and after the operation and care from our healthcare team on the day.

Mr Magra was very thorough and informative regarding his diagnosis and plan. A full hip replacement was decided upon due to my general physical fitness. At the follow up appointment a couple of months later, he was very pleasant and his examination and advice was very thorough and I left the appointment very satisfied.

Patient at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Explained from X-ray need to new knee clearly; came to check ok after operation (grateful elective operation went ahead on due date given COVID); 6 weeks on good result, as shown on before and after X-rays by Mr M; healing well and can walk ok – so far, very happy recovery progress. 3 physio sessions so far helpful.

Patient at Westmorland General Hospital

I had a total hip replacement in late March and am delighted with the result. Mr Magra was extremely kind and explained the procedure fully, and following my review today I feel totally confident going forward.

Patient at BMI Lancaster Hospital