Knee Arthroscopy in Knee Arthritis


 This is what the inside of the knee looks like in arthritis.
Arthroscopic surgery is unlikely to help when arthritis is as advanced as this.

Does keyhole surgery have a role to play in knee arthritis?

The answer to this question is that it has a very limited role to play and is certainly not effective in established knee arthritis.

Knee arthroscopy can be used in the earlier stages of arthritis when the symptoms are relatively short-lived (less than six months), when there is localised mechanical pain in the knee causing clicking and locking, which may be due to a degenerative tear of the meniscus.

Keyhole surgery can be very effective under these circumstances when a “debridement” (clearing out the torn tissue and loose fragments from within the knee) to allow the knee to recover well, but does not necessarily guarantee long-term relief of symptoms.