Post Op Instructions for Knee Arthroscopy

Post Op Instructions

for Knee Arthroscopy 

Post Op Instructions for Knee Arthroscopy are designed to assist patients during the recovery period.

  1. WOUND: You may shower on post-op day #5 if the incisions are dry and cover the incision while doing so.  Gently pat the area dry after showering.
  2. You may change your dressing on post op day 3 and daily thereafter until you see minimal drainage at which time you can cover the incision with bandaids only.
  3. You may see a small amount of clear-bloody drainage from the incision sites. This is normal. HOWEVER, if the amount of drainage increases or the incision is draining bright red blood or yellow, pus-like fluid, notify the office immediately
  1. ICE: You may use ice over the incision to decrease swelling and relieve pain, 3x/day for 20 min
  1. ACTIVITY: Full weight bearing is advised after surgery, unless noted otherwise. Walk with an assisted device (crutches, cane, walker, etc.) until you feel comfortable and confident.
  1. COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: To prevent blood clots in your legs. Worn until you are ambulating without an assistive, such as a walker, crutches, or cane
  1. PHYSICAL THERAPY: To begin on post operative day 2. You will obtain a script for therapy in a folder at the hospital. Take this script to your first appointment.
  1. POST OPERATIVE MEDICATION:
  1. Pain Management: will be prescribed by our office unless you see a pain management specialist or was seen by them in the hospital in which case you will continue with medication prescribed by them
  1. DRIVING (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CARS) :

RIGHT LEG SURGERY:.Driving is not permitted for two weeks following your surgery. At two weeks it is permitted ONLY once you have stopped taking narcotic pain medication and feel you can drive safely.   

LEFT LEG SURGERY: Driving is permitted once you are off narcotic pain medications

  1. POST OPERATIVE APPOINTMENT: Please call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment for 2-3 weeks post-operatively, if you do not already have an appointment scheduled.
  1. NOTIFY Dr. LaReau’s Office IMMEDIATELY if:
  1. You develop a Fever (>101 degrees)
  2. Redness over or around the incision or drainage from the incision site
  3. Unusual/sudden/persistent pain in your calf, knee, thigh, hip or chest
  4. Numbness or tingling in your foot or redness of the calf
  5. Uncontrolled and progressive worsening pain

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.