Preparing for your arthroscopy
Preparation begins prior to your admission to hospital. Arrangements should be made in advance to prepare for your recovery including:
- Ensuring your home is free from tripping hazards,
- Ensuring regularly used items are easily accessible,
- Arranging to have someone at home with you or to check in on you when you are discharged.
Your surgeon will discuss your surgery and what to expect. Your surgeon will refer you to have routine blood tests and other investigations prior to your surgery. Remember to bring your x-rays with you to hospital. You will be given instructions regarding your medications and it is important you follow these. These may include:
- Cease blood thinning medication such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications up to 7 days prior to your surgery
- Cease naturopathic or herbal medications 7 days prior to your surgery
Certain lifestyle risk factors can slow your healing following your surgery. In preparation for your recovery aim to:
- Eat healthy
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Reduce weight if overweight (follow medical advice on safe exercise prior to and following surgery)
Arthroscopy can be a day-only procedure or require an overnight hospital stay. You will require someone to drive you home.
Prior to discharge, you will be given information on post-operative wound care and instructions regarding activity and exercises. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medication for you to manage your pain at home.
On discharge, you will be given an information pack which will include an appointment to see your surgeon as an outpatient and physiotherapy instructions.