Preparing for your arthroscopy
Preparation begins prior to your admission to hospital. Your surgeon will discuss your surgery and what to expect.
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 may refer you to have routine blood tests and other investigations prior to your surgery.
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 5? days prior to your surgery. If you are on Warfarin or other similar blood thinners, your surgeon will give you specific instructions about these.
- Cease naturopathic or herbal medications 10 days prior to your surgery.
- It is important to continue with your other usual medications especially those used to treat blood pressure and breathing problems.
Certain lifestyle risk factors can slow your healing following your surgery. In preparation for your recovery aim to:
- Eat healthy
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
- Reduce weight if overweight (follow medical advice on safe exercise prior to and following surgery)
Remember to bring your x-rays with you to hospital.
If your surgery is performed as Day Surgery, you will need somebody to drive you home from the hospital and to stay with you the night of your procedure. If you stay over-night at the hospital following your procedure, your discharge time will be at 10:00 am the following day.
Prior to discharge, you will be given information on post-operative wound care and instructions regarding activity and exercises. You will also be seen by a physiotherapist who will instruct you on important exercises to aid and assist your recovery.
Your knee will have a bandage over a waterproof dressing. The bandage can be taken down in 2 days and replaced with a compression bandage. Your waterproof dressing allows for normal showering. You should avoid baths, swimming pools, water ways or the beach until you have seen your surgeon for your post operative review.
Even though it is unusual to have severe pain following a knee arthroscopy, your surgeon will talk to you about how best to manage your post-operative pain. General measures such as rest, ice to the knee, compression bandaging and elevation will help control your pain in the first week post operatively. Your surgeon will also prescribe you pain relief medications and give you instructions about how to use them.
On discharge, you will be given an appointment to see your surgeon as an outpatient.