Evidence-based practice in arthroscopic knee surgery

J Perioper Pract. 2011 Apr;21(4):128-34. doi: 10.1177/175045891102100403.


Knee arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive technique that allows intra-articular assessment and treatment of knee joint pathology. It has proven benefits of reduced patient morbidity, earlier recovery and mobilisation, and it is cost-effective. In this paper we review the anatomy of the knee joint, indications and contra-indications to knee arthroscopic use, and consider the main techniques of knee arthroscopy including types of anaesthetic, prophylactic antibiotics, theatre setup and arthroscopic portals, and post-operative care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Bandages
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Humans
  • Knee / surgery*