Arthroscopic knee surgery is one of the most common, most successful and safest orthopaedic surgical procedures
undertaken. The procedure is often undertaken as a day case procedure resulting in a rapid return to work, activity
and sport. Arthroscopic surgery usually requires you to be in hospital for only 8-10 hours. Arthroscopic surgery,
compared to open surgery, causes very little disturbance to the joint and consequently the post-operative discomfort
is much less. While the degree of discomfort felt is variable, in general only slight pain will be experienced for
a few days. This will not prevent you driving after a few days. If your job is sedentary and mostly sitting you may
wish to return after only a few days. If your job is physically demanding and requires lifting, your return to work
may take up to 3-6 weeks. Driving can usually be performed after 2 to 5 days providing that the knee is pain free
and you are able to control the car. Light weight training may be undertaken after several weeks. Exercises and gym
training will speed up the rehabilitation and should be performed prior to undertaking more vigorous sports.
The first follow up appointment following surgery is usually arranged for 2-3 weeks after surgery. Physiotherapy
should be started soon after surgery, usually 3-5 days later and continued 2-3 times a week for 2-6 weeks depending
on the individual patient's progress.
Knee replacement and uni-compartmental replacement may be undertaken by minimally invasive techniques. This may result
in a rapid rehabilitation, walking on the first post-operative day and discharge in 3 - 5 days following surgery in
some patients. The use of these techniques is associated with less post-operative pain and stiffness, early discharge
from hospital and an early return to activities.
After hospital discharge regular physiotherapy is helpful two to three times a week. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory
medication may be required if the knee is painful or swollen over the first few weeks.
How to make an appointment
Contact us directly:
An appointment may be booked directly through Mrs Andrea Beaumont, Personal Assistant to Mr David P Johnson,
by telephoning (44) 0117 970 6655 or via our
e-mail contact form.
Appointments by referral::
Where a referral is from your GP or physiotherapist a letter will usually be provided including the details of
any previous treatment received or other relevant medical details.
Useful information to bring to your appointment:
It is helpful if any previous X-rays or scans which are available are brought to the consultation, and the
general practitioner may wish to provide the details of previous treatment received and other medical conditions.