Arthroscopic Surgery

The word arthroscopy describes examination on the interior of a joint through a small telescope, about the size of a pencil. The most common joint examined by this method is the knee joint. Other joints such as the shoulder, elbow and hip are also examined this way.

General Information
  • Arthroscopic surgery is day surgery. In almost all cases, you will be discharged on the day of surgery.
  • You will have a general anesthetic. Spinal anesthetics are occasionally used.
  • When it is decided that surgery is needed there is a wait time of about 6-8 months for elective surgery.
    • The surgeons do maintain a cancellation list
  • The surgery is done at 3 locations:
    • Ambulatory Surgical Centre (ASC): 1200 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC | Map
    • UBC Hospital: 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC (UBC Campus) | Map
    • Vancouver General Hospital (VGH): 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC | Map
Pre-Operative Instruction
  • You must sign the appropriate consent form (in the surgeon’s office, or by mail/email)
  • Complete a pre-operative patient questionnaire
  • Patients over 50 require an ECG.
  • You may require an anesthetic consult
Surgery Notification
  • Your surgeons office will notify 1 month prior to your surgery
  • If you are taking blood thinners, you must notify your surgeon at least two weeks before your surgery
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centre will contact you 2 days prior with your admission time
  • UBC or VGH: Your surgeons office will contact you with your admission time the afternoon before your surgery
  • If you are on the cancellation list, you may have 1 week’s notice.
Day of Surgery
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • No nail polish
  • No perfume or cologne
  • No contact lenses
  • Leave valuables at home
  • You must have a responsible person to drive you home
  • Someone to stay with you that night
  • The antiseptic used is pink in colour. Don’t be alarmed if your skin at the surgical site is pink
  • Because of the anesthetics and pain medications, you are considered legally impaired for 24 hours after discharge