Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
A procedure that allows visual inspection with repair of the knee joint and supporting structures.
- You may be placed on a special diet.
- Anesthesia may affect your mental and physical abilities. For the next 24 hours:
- Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery.
- Do not make any business decisions.
- Do not be alone or drink alcohol.
- Keep wound dry.
- May walk as able to tolerate. NO squatting or lifting.
- At home instructions:
- Rewrap elastic bandage as needed. (Do not wrap too tightly.)
- Elastic hose should be worn for three (3) days. Take hose off twice a day for 30 minutes; then reapply.
- May take hose and dressing off in three (3) days. May shower. Place band-aids on incision sites.
- Apply ice pack for 20 minutes every hour for 24 hours.
- Elevate knee for 24 hours when lying or sitting.
Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
- Pain not relieved by pain medicine ordered by doctor.
- Drainage from incision site that saturates more than one dressing in 24 hours.
- Increase in redness and swelling at incision site if more than when discharged from hospital.
- 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.