Instructions after Knee Arthroscopy
You may have some pain in the knee after discharge. I have put local anaesthetic in the knee, which will probably last for 6 hours. Take tablets such as Paracetamol, Solpadeine, Aspirin or Nurofen before it gets too bad. Any painkiller that you have for a headache will be good.
You may get some discomfort from the wounds through which the instruments were put.
It is best to take things easy for 3 days at least and not to walk too much. It might be from 1 to 6 weeks before you can go back to work depending on your job. It is unlikely that you will be able to drive for the first week.
You can put your full weight on the leg and walk around as normal when you feel up to it.
You could put a bag of ice over the bandage for 20 minutes at a time to decrease pain and swelling.
Some swelling in the knee is common after the arthroscopy. It might take 4-6 weeks for this to settle down.
The crepe bandage and wool wrapped around your knee should be taken off 2 days after the operation. If it feels too tight it is no harm to take it off sooner than this.
If there is a tubigrip bandage on your knee instead of the crepe bandage please leave this on for 1 week.
The sticking plasters underneath should be left on for 1 week after the operation. Do not get them wet. You can take them off yourself or wait for the clinic.
There are no stitches in the wounds. Sometimes the wounds ooze a little blood.
Straight leg raising exercises. Lift your leg about 30 degrees when lying down. Hold for 30 seconds. Do 10 repetitions.
If the knee becomes hot or red contact us straight away.
If you have any problems do not hesitate to contact us.