A review of the complications of arthroscopic knee surgery

Arthroscopy. 1992;8(1):79-83. doi: 10.1016/0749-8063(92)90139-3.


Although fatalities following arthroscopic intervention are rare, complications do occur frequently. This article examines the most common complications, including instrument breakage and nervous lesions due to the tourniquet or positioning on the surgical table, discusses the various intraarticular media, and warns against the use of gas media under certain circumstances. The general surgical complications of thromboembolism, infection, and anesthetic problems are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Infectious / etiology
  • Arthroscopy / adverse effects*
  • Embolism, Air / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications* / mortality
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Thromboembolism / etiology
  • Tourniquets / adverse effects