Arthroscopic Knee Surgery.

It only has a less than 1% complication rate. Mostly the recovery time will be short as well as smooth.

This type of surgery has high success rates. Mostly the recovery time will be short as well as smooth. In 4 to 6 weeks you can be fully active. But a few might take several months to completely get rid of pain and swelling.

It only has less than 1% complication rate.

The rare risks of surgery could be post-operative infection, blood clots in the leg (DVT), nerve or blood vessel injury, or anesthesia related complications. After surgery, if you experience only minimal pain, crutches or walker can be avoided. Reduced pain and swelling, and improvement in knee strength, motion, and coordination gradually improves three to four months after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Knee Surgery

Do I need a knee brace?

Knee braces after are rarely used. However, if you have a meniscal repair – your knee may be placed in a brace after surgery.

When can I shower?

You may shower 48 hours after your surgery if there is no discharge from your incisions. Avoid harsh scrubbing over your incisions.Softly pat dry the incisions after showering.

When can I immerse myself in water to bathe or swim?

2 weeks post surgery, if there is no discharge from your incisions.

How long will I be on pain medications?

For 1 or 2 weeks you might require pain subsiding medication. Again, there is a high degree of variability, Most people are able to wean off narcotic medication in less than two weeks and switch to an over-the-counter pain medication.

Do I need physical therapy?

Some patients are advised to take physical therapy after knee arthroscopy.Usually decided at the first post-operative visit. Some patients regain strength and coordination rather quickly and have little swelling. For such patients, therapy may not be required. Your surgeon will decide what is best for you.

What type of exercises should I do?

You are recommended to bend and straighten your knee as much as pain allows. Your knee may be swollen, and achieving full movements is often difficult for the first few days. We encourage straight leg raises if you can handle the pain.

You may put as much weight on your leg as possible.Riding on an exercise bike, walking on a treadmill or just plain walking are all good exercises you can indulge in, once the knee gathers painless strength.

When can I start driving?

You can drive as soon as you feel comfortable and safe, but must not drive if you are taking narcotic pain drugs. If you have a standard transmission vehicle and had surgery on your left knee, you should wait about one or two weeks before driving.

Should I use ice or heat?

Yes. Ice should be used for the first several days; especially if you have swelling or discomfort. Ice can be applied if you develop swelling after exercising. Once the initial swelling has decreased, you may use either ice and/or heat depending on which helps you the most. Some patients report that using heat prior to activities helps “warm up” the knee.