During a knee arthroscopy, a small fiberoptic camera (the arthroscope) is inserted into the joint. A special fluid is used to visualise the joint parts. Usually there are no stitches and the wound has been closed with skin closure tapes called Steri-strips. On top of this is a thin layer of cotton wool padding and finally a firm crepe bandage; this is changed to a stocking bandage.
The knee will feel sore from the stab incisions and sometimes “squelchy” due to the remaining fluid inside the knee.