Care After Knee Arthroscopy
ξ Keep the leg elevated as much as you
can for 48 hours to reduce swelling. If
you are lying down, rest the leg on 2
or more pillows. Use the pillow to
support the length of the lower leg,
keeping the knee straight. Do not let
the leg hang down.
ξ You will have TED stocking or an
ACE wrap over incisions. A TED
stocking will also be placed on your
non operative leg. You can remove
the TED stocking from the non
operative leg in 24 hours when you
are up with your crutches. The ACE
or TED on the operative leg can be
removed in 48 hours and you can
ξ You may use ice to lessen the pain and
swelling. Put an ice pack on the knee
for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes take
the ice off. You can put the ice on
again after 1 hour.
ξ Slowly increase the amount of weight
you bear (pressure) on the leg, (unless
your doctor has given you other
instructions). Slowly return to your
normal activity level. Use crutches
until you can walk comfortably.
ξ You should begin the home exercise
program in 24 hours. (Instructions
You will discuss Physical Therapy for
after surgery during your pre-op clinic visit.
If your meniscus is stitched (repaired)
you will be locked in a brace using
crutches for up to 4-6 weeks after
surgery. Your doctor will discuss this
ξ Do not soak your knee in any standing
water (hot tub, pool, bathtub, lake)
until your incisions are completely
healed and no scab remains. This
usually takes at least 4 weeks after
ξ Change the Band-Aids® daily. Use
the Ace wrap or TED stocking for
comfort and swelling if needed until
your follow-up visit or until told
ξ If you have steri-strips (thin white
tapes) instead of stitches, leave them
in place until they start to peel off in
about 7-10 days.
Dr. Spiker and Dr. Scerpella
ξ After 2 days, you can remove all of the
dressing and shower. Cover the
incision with a plastic wrap such as
Glad Press n Seal or a plastic bag with
the edges taped down.
Do not let the water run under the plastic
wrap or bag. Continue to keep your
Incision’s dry until your follow up
appointment; you will receive further
instruction at that time.
Dr. Baer and Dr. Walczak
ξ After 2 days, you may remove all of
the dressings and shower. You may
no plastic wrap, allowing the incisions
to get wet.
You may be given pain medicine, such as
Hydrocodone with Tylenol for after surgery.
You may also be given an anti-inflammatory
such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen to reduce
swelling and pain. Take the anti-
inflammatory as instructed. If you have
problems with the medicine call the clinic.
Follow the instructions given to you by your
pharmacist. Do not drink alcohol or drive
while on opioid pain medicines.
When to Call the Doctor
Call if you have any of the symptoms listed
ξ Red, hot incision
ξ Foul smelling drainage from incision
ξ Temperature above 100.4 θ F for 2
readings taken 4 hours apart
ξ Bleeding which increases over an
ξ Calf tenderness or swelling, or a
warm, reddened area noted in the
calf of either leg
You will be scheduled for a follow-up clinic
visit with your doctor. Please call if you
have any questions or concerns.
Sports Medicine Clinic
After hours call the clinic number and your
call will be forward to the paging operator.
Ask for the orthopedic resident on call.
Leave your name and phone number. The
doctor will call you back.
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