Man holding his knee as he climbs stairs

Knee arthroscopy

What is knee arthroscopy?

Preparing for knee arthroscopy

What are the alternatives to knee arthroscopy?

What happens during knee arthroscopy?

What to expect afterwards

Recovering from knee arthroscopy

What are the side-effects?

What are the complications?


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    Expert Reviewer, Dr Roger Tillman, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Next review due September 2020

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