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Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

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Use your crutches, bearing weight and moving the knee as much as you can comfortably tolerate after the operation. When you can walk without a limp, you may discard your crutches.  You may climb stairs as tolerated with or without your crutches, unless I have instructed you otherwise. Most of you will find that you can drive a car a few days or so after the surgery, especially if your car has an automatic transmission.

You will be given a separate sheet of instructions following your surgery.  The dressing should stay on for about 24—36 hours after the surgery. You should keep it dry, if possible, when you shower or bathe by using a large garbage bag taped to your thigh or by wrapping the knee with Saran-wrap. After 24-36 hours, you can simply remove the dressings, and if necessary, put some Band-Aids over the small steri-strips covering the puncture wound through which the arthroscope and other instruments were passed into your knee.

As long as the wounds are dry and there is no blood or water draining from the wounds, you can shower and get the area wet. After you remove your dressing, you can expect to see some swelling about these puncture wounds, as well as having some soreness that gradually will go away over a period of three to four weeks.

If your foot swells below the dressing, it is often because the ACE bandage is too tight.  Simply remove the ACE bandage and re-wrap it not as tightly.  Elevate your foot to the level of your face and the swelling will usually improve over the next 24 hours. If it does not, you should contact my office or myself.

You will be furnished a prescription for your pain, most probably Vicoden or Percocet.  Most patients, however, need very little, if any, pain medication.  Some patients need a little medication a day or so after the surgery.

Please continue the exercises that you have been shown before surgery. If any problems in the knee itself require different exercise programs, you will be instructed individually by one of the physical therapists upon your first post-op visit.

*The information contained here is intended to help you and your families/caretakers better understand a particular diagnosis and/or the treatment options available.  If you have any questions after reading this, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Longobardi’s office at 201.343.1717.  Thank you.

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