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Knee Arthroscopy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a knee arthroscopy?

A knee arthroscopy is a procedure to look inside your knee joint with an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end. A knee arthroscopy is usually done to check for disease or damage inside your knee. These problems may be fixed during the procedure.

How do I prepare for a knee arthroscopy?

What will happen during a knee arthroscopy?

What will happen after a knee arthroscopy?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may need an x-ray to look at your knee joint and monitor for complications. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. Do not put weight or pressure on your leg that was operated on. You may be able to go home when your pain is controlled or you may need to spend a night in the hospital.

What are the risks of a knee arthroscopy?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may have an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. You may have pain or knee stiffness. You may have swelling under your skin that prevents blood flow to the rest of your leg. You may need surgery to fix this problem. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. The clot may travel to your heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

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