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Is knee arthroscopy done under general anesthesia?

I am a 50 year old male. I want to know if knee arthroscopy is done under general anesthesia?

11 Answers

It is possible. It may depend whether the arthroscopist is skilled at going under local anesthesia . Also the location where it is done, office versus clinic versus free standing surgery center
General or regional
Depends on the surgeon. For arthroscopy for repairing or removing a torn meniscus, some surgeons can use local anesthesia effectively along with deep sedation provided by an anesthesiologist. Most, however, prefer that their patients have general anesthesia.

For larger procedures like ACL repair surgery, surgeons use a tourniquet around the thigh, and general anesthesia is necessary. Often a nerve block using local anesthesia to numb the nerves to the knee and lower leg is offered by the anesthesiologist in addition for help with post-op pain management.

Knee Arthroscopy can be done under general anesthesia, regional anesthesia (that is spinal anesthesia or epidural anesthesia), under nerve blocks in the groin (femoral and obturator nerves) and evening under local anesthesia of the knee. The surgeons may have preference for one technique or the other, or depending how much surgery may have to do for a particular patient. Also, it depends how comfortable the anesthesiologist feels in doing those techniques.

Wish you the best,

M. Tabatabai, MD
It depends on several factors. It can be done under general anesthesia or combined nerve block and deep sedation.

Boris Yaguda, M.D.
A knee arthroscopy can be done under general anesthetic, spinal anesthetic, or epidural. Personally, I've had my knee scopes done under spinal anesthesia.
YES, general anesthesia is usually the safest and most expedient way to undergo knee arthroscopy.
It often is but can also be done under spinal anesthesia if desired.
Knee arthroscopy is done most often under general anesthesia, but there are many other options available if you so choose. Spinal anesthesia is also often used. Various nerve blocks may be used. If you have a preference, contact your anesthesia provider prior to surgery to discuss options.
Good luck!
This procedure could be done under any type: Geta, spinal, or local with IV sed.
Usually this is patient's choice, unless there is strong reason to avoid general anesthesia.