Preparing for a knee arthroscopy

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What is an arthroscopy?

A knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery. Your surgeon will put a narrow telescope through a small cut in your skin to look inside your knee joint. Some procedures require several small cuts in order to pass the instruments through the knee.

What type of anaesthetic will I have?

There are two main types of anaesthetic given for this type of surgery:

  • general anaesthetic – anaesthetic drugs make you unconscious, so you are completely unaware throughout your operation
  • spinal anaesthetic – the lower half of your body is numbed by an injection in your lower back. You may also be offered some sedation (medicine to relax you).

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Preparing for a knee arthroscopy