Knee Arthroscopy FAQ

Listed below are frequently asked questions about knee arthroscopy surgery.

When do I find out the details of my surgery?

The pre-operative nurse will call you from the hospital 1 to 3 days before your surgery to discuss several details; including the exact time of surgery, when to last eat and drink prior to surgery, and when to last take certain medications. These are very important questions to have answered prior to your surgery. Therefore, we ask that you be certain that the hospital has your updated phone number.

How long will my surgery take?

While this can vary, typically you are in the operating room for 15 to 45 minutes. Then you are taken to the recovery area for 1 to 2 hours before being discharged home. You will be given specific post-operative instructions at that time.

How will I find out what was done?

Your surgeon will speak with your loved ones immediately following your surgery. It is very important that your loved ones are with you at the hospital and stay in the waiting room during your surgery. If someone is not in the waiting room at the end of surgery, your surgeon will not be able to meet with them that day. We will be able to discuss your surgery at our office during your first post-operative appointment (typically 6 to 8 days later).

How will I control my pain after surgery?

You will likely be given narcotic pain medications for pain control. Patients generally only find these necessary for the first few days after surgery.

How long will I need to use crutches or a knee brace after surgery?

This varies based on the procedure you are having. If you are having meniscectomy (removal of torn cartilage), you may begin putting weight on you leg when you get home the day of surgery. Crutches are generally used for 1 to 3 days (based on comfort). If you are having an ACL reconstruction or knee cap realignment, you will be required to use crutches at least 1 week and wear a special knee brace for 5 to 6 weeks.

When do I return to the office after surgery?

Your first post-operative appointment at our office is scheduled for 6 to 10 days after surgery for suture removal and a thorough discussion of your surgery.

How long will my knee be painful?

This is a difficult question, as every patient is different. You will typically be given a narcotic pain medication to take after surgery. Most patients require this for only the first few days after surgery.

When can I drive again?

This is a personal decision that you must make. The timing depends upon when you feel you are ready to safely drive. Do not drive if you are taking any narcotic medication. Also, driving a vehicle with manual transmission soon after surgery is not possible due to the motions and strength required. We recommend taking your vehicle for a test drive in an empty parking lot before driving on the road.

When can I return to work?

This varies on an individual basis and with your occupation. It is best to discuss this with your surgeon or a PA prior to surgery.

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