Post Surgical Expectations
Knee arthroscopy is considered a minimally invasive procedure. For most patients, the procedure takes from 20 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the procedure. You will typically go home on the same day for recovery. An ice pack on your knee and a dressing will be helpful in post surgical care. The ice will help reduce swelling and minimize your pain.
At home, you should have someone look after you, at least for the first day. Keeping your leg elevated and putting ice on it for a day or two will help reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide you with information on dressing changes and post care instructions to follow as you return home. At Sideline Orthopedics, we will see you back for a follow-up appointment a 10-14 days after the procedure.
Your doctor will give you an exercise regimen to follow at home to help you rehabilitate your knee. We can also recommend a physical therapist to see until you’re able to use your knee normally. These exercises are critical to help restore your full range of motion and to strengthen your muscles. With the proper care, your outlook after having this procedure is excellent.