Knee Arthroscopy Post Surgery Information
The following is what can be expected following Knee Arthroscopy surgery:
- Knee Arthroscopy is usually only a day surgery procedure.
- The night after the surgery use an ice pack over night with a towel between the ice pack and the leg.
- Pain medication will be provided and should be taken as directed.
- Mobilise and weight bear with crutches as tolerated after surgery. Before your hospital discharge a physiotherapist will meet with you and guide you in what exercises you should be doing following surgery.
- You may walk on the operated leg within the limits of pain. But don't overdo it.
- Avoid putting a pillow under the knee in order to encourage movement of the ankle and toes.
- The bandage can be removed after 24 hours and the provided waterproof dressings can be placed over the wound.
- It is normal for the knee to swell after the surgery. Elevating the leg when you are seated and placing an ice pack on the knee will help to reduce swelling. Apply the ice pack for 20 minutes three to four times a day until the swelling has reduced.
- An appointment with Dr Al Muderis will be made for 7-10 days after surgery to monitor your progress and remove the two stitches in your knee.
- Return to driving and work when comfortable unless otherwise instructed.
- To stabilise muscles and ensure the success of the surgery, commence strengthening exercises six weeks after surgery. At this time jogging in a straight line can be commenced as well as a return to most other sports. At this stage it is advised to avoid any sports or movements that involve twisting and turning of the knee.
- Skiing, snowboarding or any similar sport that involves twisting and turning of the knee can be commenced six months after the surgery.
Concerns: Please contact the office if you are worried about your level of pain, have significant bleeding, or have fever or redness around the surgical site.
If you require assistance after hours, please contact the hospital where the surgery was performed and they will contact A/Prof Al Muderis on your behalf.
Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882
Sydney Adventist Hospital: (02) 9487 9111
Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000