Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery that is used to both diagnose and treat problems with the joints.

Nowadays, arthroscopy is very successful at relieving pain and restoring mobility. As with all operations, though, there are potential risks associated and it’s important to understand these before undergoing surgery.

Don’t worry, though, all this will be discussed fully with you in person well before your operation and there’s plenty of time to ask any questions you might have.


Infection is very unusual after arthroscopy.

Other risks

  • Stiffness
  • Neurovascular deficit
  • Tender scars
  • Persistent symptoms – especially if early arthritic change is noted at the time of surgery
  • Blood clots

 All these are relatively unusual after knee arthroscopy and patients tend to be up and about quickly after this type of surgery.

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