Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Home Instructions

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

A procedure that allows visual inspection with repair of the knee joint and supporting structures.


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2.  Anesthesia may affect your mental and physical abilities.  For the next 24 hours:
    1. Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery.
    2. Do not make any business decisions.
    3. Do not be alone or drink alcohol.
  3. Keep wound dry.
  4. May walk as able to tolerate.  NO squatting or lifting.
  5. At home instructions:
  6. Rewrap elastic bandage as needed. (Do not wrap too tightly.)
  7. Elastic hose should be worn for three (3) days.  Take hose off twice a day for 30 minutes; then reapply.
    1. May take hose and dressing off in three (3) days.  May shower.  Place band-aids on incision sites.
    2. Apply ice pack for 20 minutes every hour for 24 hours.
    3. Elevate knee for 24 hours when lying or sitting.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Pain not relieved by pain medicine ordered by doctor.
  4. Drainage from incision site that saturates more than one dressing in 24 hours.
  5. Increase in redness and swelling at incision site if more than when discharged from hospital.
  6. Discoloration (blueness or redness), swelling, numbness of toes in the affected leg.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.