Operative Knee Arthroscopy
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Operative knee arthroscopy is a procedure to look inside your knee joint. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end. Knee arthroscopy is usually done to fix damage inside your knee.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or orthopedist as directed:
You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Keep your bandage clean and dry. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
- Elevate: Raise your knee above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your knee on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
- Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel, and place it on your knee for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.
- Wear pressure stockings: These are long, tight stockings that put pressure on your legs to promote blood flow and prevent clots.
- Wear your brace: You may need to wear a brace on your knee. This will help prevent movement so your knee can heal. You may need to use crutches to help you move around.
- Exercise: Ask your primary healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you. Start slowly and return to your usual activities as directed.
You may need to see a physical therapist to teach you special exercises. These exercises help improve movement and decrease pain. Physical therapy can also help improve strength and decrease your risk for loss of function.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or orthopedist if:
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have more pain in your knee, even after you take pain medicines.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your stitches come apart.
- You fall or injure your knee.
- Your toes are numb, tingly, cool, or blue.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
- You cough up blood.
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