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I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Diagnosis dependent
Arthroscopy of the knee can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours depending upon the diagnosis and planned surgical intervention.
A simple meniscal tear debridement can be very rapid, whereas a meniscal repair combined with a ligament reconstruction can take well over an hour. Your surgeon will give you the most accurate timetable specific to your knee and planned surgery.

In brief: Diagnosis dependent
Arthroscopy of the knee can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours depending upon the diagnosis and planned surgical intervention.
A simple meniscal tear debridement can be very rapid, whereas a meniscal repair combined with a ligament reconstruction can take well over an hour. Your surgeon will give you the most accurate timetable specific to your knee and planned surgery.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 30-45 minutes
The actual surgery takes 30-45 minutes depending on the procedure, but could take longer for ligament, meniscal or cartilage repair.

In brief: 30-45 minutes
The actual surgery takes 30-45 minutes depending on the procedure, but could take longer for ligament, meniscal or cartilage repair.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
In brief: Knee arthroscopy
A typical knee scope can be performed in 45 minutes to an hour. Acl surgery and articular cartilage transfers can take up to 2 hours.

In brief: Knee arthroscopy
A typical knee scope can be performed in 45 minutes to an hour. Acl surgery and articular cartilage transfers can take up to 2 hours.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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