Whether as a result of a sports injury or a simple awkward twist whilst out for a walk, knee pain can be disabling and stop you from living life to the full. There are lots of causes of pain within the knee and seeking an early accurate diagnosis can in itself be very reassuring. Sometimes we can even provide the treatment you need as part of the initial diagnosis.
A common cause for surgery is knee arthritis. If you’re suffering with knee arthritis in Bingley, Keighley Ilkley or Skipton, we can help you and get you back to a manageable state where you can enjoy daily activities again.
However if you have persistent pain, swelling or clicking in your knee, especially after sustaining a twisting injury you may have sustained a torn cartilage (meniscus). This is the most common condition to benefit from knee arthroscopy. The pain from a torn cartilage can significantly interfere with your knee function and not only stop you from enjoying sport but also from performing your everyday activities.
The torn cartilage fragment often comes to lie in an abnormal position in the knee. This can result in pain and swelling, and occasionally clicking and locking, where the knee is prevented from going fully straight.
Knee arthroscopic surgery involves small “keyhole” incisions either side of your knee through which a camera and surgical instruments can be passed. Using the camera to visualise the inside of the knee, the torn cartilage fragment can either be removed or if possible repaired depending on the nature of the cartilage damage.
our knee arthroscopy treatment in Bingley can also be useful in treating many other conditions that can result in pain and loss of function in the knee such as localised damage to the smooth weight bearing surface, removing loose bodies form within the knee and in the assessment and treatment of ligament injuries. MRI scanning can be utilised to assist in your diagnosis.
Knee arthroscopy is not always the answer and your consultant is skilled in helping you choose the timing of surgery or deciding between surgery and other treatments.
Knee & arthroscopy is generally performed as a day case procedure. You will be seen by the physiotherapist on admission and will be given instruction on walking with aids and given specialised knee exercises to speed up your recovery. Depending on the nature and extent of your treatment your knee should have recovered the majority of normal function by 3 weeks after your surgery.
As with all orthopaedic surgery on the knee there are potential risks of infection, blood clots in the leg or lung and stiffness in the joint. However complications are rare and arthroscopic surgery of the knee is one of the safest procedures in orthopaedics.
Why come to a group of surgeons?
- We offer a wide range of appointment slots and theatre availability to ensure you are treated quickly.
- We meet regularly to discuss cases allowing consensus opinion.
- We review all cases and outcomes to ensure excellence is maintained.
- Whilst you will be offered an individual consultant, we provide cross cover both in and out of hours, even offering joint operating for more complex cases as required.
- Working as a group allows us to keep at the cutting edge of new surgical developments and techniques.
What can I say! I am out of pain since my operation day. Thank you is such a small word to say but no other word can I display. My life has changed and I owe it all to you, so a very big THANK YOU for what you do.
From entering the hospital until I left everything, the nurses, anaesthetist and the surgeon were just perfect and afterwards the physiotherapists.
I was so happy to be treated by these people. They were so friendly and professional at the same time.
I have had more discomfort from having a tooth filling.
H M (Total Hip Replacement)