Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
The Surgical Procedure
Knee Arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure most commonly done by orthopaedic surgeons to diagnose conditions and provide treatment to the inside of the knee. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that involves the use of a fibre optic camera known as an arthroscope.
During the procedure, our specialist surgeon Raphael Hau will make a very small incision around the knee which will then be used to insert a tiny fiber optic camera into the knee joint. This will allow him to view the inside of your knee joint on a screen, which he can then use to diagnose the problem and if required provide treatment to correct the issue using small surgical instruments during the procedure itself. The surgical treatment is usually done under general anaesthesia (where you are asleep) and in some cases local or regional anaesthesia.
Raphael Hau is an expert at performing knee arthroscopy and specialises in surgical treatments of the knee. To find out more about knee surgery and minimally invasive knee arthroscopy contact us on (03) 9890 2300
What knee injuries can arthroscopy treat?
Injury to the knee can occur due to various reasons such as sport, work or even during your normal day to day routine. The cause of knee injuries are usually a result of twisting movements of the knee, sudden changes in direction and trauma to the knee. Some injuries that knee arthroscopy can treat include:
- Torn meniscus
- Torn anterior and posterior ligaments
- Out of position patella
- Loose or torn cartilage within knee joint
- Fractures of the knee
- Swollen synovium
- Removal of Baker’s cyst
What are the symptoms of injury to the knee?
The signs and symptoms of knee injury can vary, most commonly the symptoms will include swelling to the knee, locking of the knee joint, persistent knee pain and sometimes even the knee giving way. Not all knee injuries require arthroscopic treatment and this is something your orthopaedic surgeon can advise you on. To find out more contact Raphael Hau on (03) 9890 2300.
How to prepare for the surgery
Make sure your orthopaedic surgeon has your complete medical history, mention any allergies or illness you may have and be sure to disclose information on all medication or supplements you may be taking. Before surgery, Raphael Hau will advise you in detail on how you can prepare and what care you need to take after.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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