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Knee Arthroscopy

What to Expect and Patient Instructions

Before Your Surgery

Your surgeon will discuss the surgery with you in detail at your appointment. Please bring any x-rays, MRI scans or other investigations you have had done which may be relevant to your surgery, and a list of any medications that you are taking. Notify your surgeon if you have any abrasions or pimples around the knee.

Changes in your medications

  • Cease aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. voltaren, feldene) ten days prior to surgery as they can cause bleeding
  • Cease any naturopathic or herbal medications 10 days before surgery as these can also cause bleeding
  • Continue with all other medications unless otherwise specified

You are advised to stop smoking for as long as possible prior to surgery.

Day of Surgery

You will be admitted to the hospital and asked a series of questions. An anaesthetist will discuss your past medical history and previous anaesthetics. The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic but the final decision rests with the anaesthetist.

Following surgery, you will wake up in recovery with your knee bandaged. Most patients will go home on the day of surgery, but some may require an overnight stay. You will require pain killers and may have crutches to go home with if required .You should make arrangements to get home, as you will not be able to drive.

You will be seen before you go home to explain the results of the operation. This will be further discussed at your follow up visit.

After the Surgery

  • It is normal to have pain and swelling for several days.
  • Try and rest as much as possible for the first few days, with your leg elevated. You should not plan any long trips for two weeks after surgery, as this may promote clots in the legs.
  • Do not try and bend the knee too much.
  • Start exercises to maintain quadriceps strength as soon as you are comfortable.
  • Put an ice pack on your knee, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for 24-48 hours as often as possible.
  • You may have an appointment already made but if not ring the rooms to make an appointment approximately one week following surgery.
  • The bandage can be removed the day after surgery, but you should leave the waterproof dressings on. You can shower with these dressings on but not bath or swim. It is normal to have some ooze under them. If there is excessive ooze, or the dressing lifts off, then they can be removed and replaced with a new dressing.
  • You should be able to return to sitting type work within one week, and physical work within two to three weeks. Sport usually takes 4-8 weeks. This may vary depending on what has been done.
  • You can only drive when your knee is comfortable and you are in control of your vehicle.


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