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Post-Operative Instructions

After Knee Arthroscopy:

  • It is important to follow your orthopaedic surgeon's instructions carefully after you return home. You should ask someone to check on you the first evening post┬Čoperatively. Keep your leg elevated as much as possible for the first few days after the procedure to avoid swelling.
  • You will leave the hospital with a dressing on your knee. Keep your incisions clean and dry. You may remove the dressing three days after the surgery and put a regular bandaid over the incision site. You can take a shower 3 days after the surgery.
  • It is normal to have some pain and discomfort for at least a week after surgery. If you have had a more extensive surgery, however, it may take several weeks before your pain lessens. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication post-operatively to help relieve discomfort following your procedure. Please do not take any Tylenol in addition to the medication prescribed to you by your doctor post-operatively. Apply ice to relieve swelling and pain.

 

You should have physical therapy to your knee 2-3 times weekly for 6-8 weeks post-operatively (unless instructed by your doctor otherwise). This will improve motion and strengthen the muscles of your leg and knee. In addition to physical therapy you are recommended to use a CPM machine at home (for 4-6 weeks) post-operatively. A CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) is a machine that will help you significantly accelerate recovery time by improving range of motion, preventing the development of adhesions and decreasing soft tissue stiffness. A company representative will contact you after surgery to deliver the machine to your home. A CPM machine DOES NOT substitute physical therapy. It is crucial to your recovery that you engage in both activities as advised by your surgeon.) These steps will play an important role in how well and fast you recover.

 

ATTENTION: If you had an ACL Reconstruction, your surgeon will advise you to wear a brace. Please DO NOT use a CPM machine and DO NOT start physical therapy until further notice by your surgeon.

 

  • Please call our office to schedule you post-operative appointment to remove the sutures within 7-14 days after the surgery.
  • Call our office for any temperature over 101 Fahrenheit, or for any unusual reactions, such excessive bleeding, chills, persistent nausea or vomiting, rash, excessive swelling, excessive redness of the incision site or puss.

After Shoulder Arthroscopy

  • Although recovery from arthroscopic shoulder procedure is usually faster than recovery from open surgery, it may still take weeks for your shoulder joint to completely recover. It is important to follow your doctor's post-operative instructions carefully after you return home. You should ask someone to check on you the first evening post┬Čoperatively. If you had an arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tearing or repair of labral tearing, your surgeon will advise you to keep you arm immobilized at all times.
  • You will leave the hospital with a dressing covering your shoulder. Keep your incisions clean and dry. You can remove the dressing five days post-operatively and put a regular bandaid over the incision site. You can shower 5 days after the surgery.
  • It is normal to have some pain and discomfort for at least a week after surgery. If you have had a more extensive surgery, however, it may take several weeks before your pain lessens. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication post-operatively to help relieve discomfort following your procedure. Please do not take any Tylenol in addition to the medication prescribed to you by your doctor post-operatively. Apply ice to relieve swelling and pain.
  • You should have physical therapy to your shoulder 2-3 times weekly for 6-8 weeks post┬Čoperatively (unless instructed by your doctor otherwise). This will improve motion and strengthen the muscles of your arm and shoulder. In addition to physical therapy you are recommended to use a CPM machine at home (for 4-6 weeks) post-operatively. A CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) is a machine that will help you significantly accelerate recovery time by improving range of motion, preventing the development of adhesions and decreasing soft tissue stiffness. A company representative will contact you after surgery to deliver the machine to your home. A CPM machine DOES NOT substitute physical therapy. It is crucial to your recovery that you engage in both activities as advised by your surgeon.) These steps will play an important role in how well and fast you recover.

 

ATTENTION: If you had an arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tearing or repair of labral tearing, your surgeon will advise you to keep your arm immobilized at all times and NOT to exercise. Please, DO NOT use a CPM machine and DO NOT start physical therapy until further notice by your doctor. In most of these cases your surgeon will instruct you to start using a CPM machine and physical therapy only 4-6 weeks after the surgery.

 

  • Please call our office to schedule you post-operative appointment to remove the sutures within 7-14 days after the surgery.
  • Call our office for any temperature over 101 Fahrenheit, or for any unusual reactions, such excessive bleeding, chills, persistent nausea or vomiting, rash, excessive swelling, excessive redness of the incision site or puss.
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